Gleason now out on bond

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Suspect in 5 year old’s death can’t leave state

By Jesef Williams

Phillip Bryan Gleason is no longer in jail.

Gleason, who’s charged in the March 5 death of his girlfriend’s daughter, was released on bond April 1 from the Lancaster County Detention Center, according to a court-approved bond form.

Brian Baker of 007 Bonding Co. posted the required $150,000 surety bond. The insurance company is Palmetto Surety of Charleston.

During Gleason’s bond hearing last month, Circuit Court Judge Brooks Goldsmith ordered, upon his release, that Gleason be required to wear a GPS monitoring device.

Ned Polk Sr. of I C U Alcohol/Electronic/Satellite Monitoring Inc. is providing the device.

Gleason is charged with homicide by child abuse in the death of 5-year-old Soren Victoria Chilson.

According to reports, Gleason, 27, was home alone with the girl. EMS found the child unresponsive  and took her to Springs Memorial Hospital, where died shortly afterward from head injuries. She suffered several body bruises, as well.

The reported incident occurred at a Craig Farm Road home, where Gleason and Soren’s mother lived together.

Lancaster County Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond said Gleason now lives in York. As part of the court order, Gleason must “be of good behavior,” can only enter Lancaster County with a solicitor or judge’s permission, cannot leave the state and cannot have direct contact with the family of Soren’s father.

Gleason is scheduled to make his next court appearance May 10, with a preliminary hearing set for June 12. The case is expected to be presented to a grand jury afterward.

If convicted, Gleason could spend between 20 years and life in prison.


Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152