Crime & Courts

Former South Carolina Trooper Arrested For Biting Toddler

Man charged with cruelty to children following investigation …

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A 23-year-old Cottageville, South Carolina man who allegedly bit a toddler has been charged with cruelty to children following an investigation by the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

Why is SLED investigating?

Because Jesse Phillip Brassell was employed by the S.C. Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) at the time of the alleged incident.

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) requested SLED’s investigation following an incident that occurred on September 20, 2023. Brassell admitted to intentionally biting the two-year-old victim. According to a probable cause affidavit accompanying a warrant for his arrest, the bite mark was observed on the child’s cheek.  

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Jesse Brassell
Jesse Phillip Brassel (SCHP)

Brassell was immediately suspended following the incident being reported and resigned last week. His term of employment with SCDPS was just over two years. Additionally, Brassell’s social media profiles identify him as an infantryman with the S.C. National Guard (SCNG).

Brassell was booked at the Colleton County Detention Center on the morning of December 19, 2023 and bonded out early in the afternoon. The case against him will be prosecuted by the Public Integrity Unit of the S.C. fourteenth solicitor’s office.  That unit investigates officer involved shootings, public corruption and excessive force cases.

As with anyone accused of committing any crime, Brassell is considered innocent until proven guilty by our criminal justice system – or until such time as he may wish to enter some form of allocution in connection with a plea agreement with prosecutors related to any of the charges that may be filed against him.



Callie Lyons (provided)

Callie Lyons is a journalist, researcher and author. Her 2007 book ‘Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal’ was the first to cover forever chemicals and their impact on communities – a story later told in the movie ‘Dark Waters’. Her investigative work has been featured in media outlets, publications, and documentaries all over the world. Lyons also appears in ‘Citizen Sleuth’ – a 2023 documentary exploring the genre of true crime.



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Justice Always Top fan December 20, 2023 at 11:32 pm

So wrong!!!!

Please Say No December 21, 2023 at 8:20 am

Is Dude wearing lipstick in that photo?

Teresa Whetzel Top fan December 21, 2023 at 2:10 pm

This story needs more information, says nothing about when, where, why. Come on do better than other media outlets


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