State trooper accused of striking son, facing arraignment today

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An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper, who is charged with domestic violence and child endangering stemming from two incidents last month involving the alleged striking of his 18-month-old son, is scheduled to arraigned today, according to court records.

Trooper Jerad White appeared in Champaign County Municipal Court on Dec. 27 for the charges, however his arraignment will happen today because he did not have an attorney present.

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White has been assigned to administrative duties pending the completion of an internal investigation, said Lt. Robert Sellers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“Mr. White’s conduct does not reflect the values of this agency,” Sellers said in a statement.

White’s charges stem from alleged incidents, which court records show are said to have happened Dec. 6 and on Christmas.

White allegedly struck his son on Dec. 6 after he “touched an ornament on the Christmas tree,” court records read. The incident reportedly left “a red mark through a pair of pajamas and a diaper.”

On Christmas, White is accused of striking his son after the child grabbed a screwdriver, “leaving a hand/fingerprint marks on the victim,” according to court documents.

We will update this story with any details that emerge from today’s arraignment.

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