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Police say guardians beat, starved 13-year-old boy; charges filed

BREMERTON — Allegations of child abuse have rattled one Kitsap County neighborhood and has a 13-year-old boy in protective custody after police said his older brother and sister-in-law tortured him for not doing his chores.

silverdale child abuse suspectsBremerton police found the wounded 13-year-old boy on a bus stop bench Friday evening. They rushed him to the hospital where the teen told detectives a terrible story of abuse that included beatings, starvation and being forced to sleep naked in a dog kennel.

Police arrested the teen’s 27-year-old brother, Brandon Gunn and Brandon’s wife, 34-year-old Viviana Gunn.

Kitsap County prosecutors filed first-degree kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment charges, along with four counts of second-degree assault, against the couple Tuesday, the Kitsap Sun reported.

“These are really horrific — they go way beyond the pale,” Kitsap County sheriff’s deputy Scott Wilson said.

The couple were the teen’s guardians and have been taking care of him for nearly two years.  The rest of the family is in Georgia and the teenage boy was being taken care of by his brother because of some kind of issues with his family in Georgia, but police did not offer any more detail about those issues.

Neighbors said the Gunns moved in at the end of June and investigators said that’s when the abuse started.

The boy was zip-tied to a chair and beaten with a baseball bat until he lost consciousness, he said. Police also said the Gunns hit the teen’s feet with a hammer, cut him with a knife and sprayed alcohol directly into his open wounds. Two weeks ago, the boy managed to escape and was wandering Kitsap County when he was discovered by police in Bremerton.

“The officers on scene knew that he needed to be seen, got him to the hospital right away and into the emergency room,” Wilson said.

While neighbors struggle to comprehend the horrors that allegedly happened at the home, police are reminding people to reach out and that if you see something, say something.

The Gunns are being held in the Kitsap County Jail on $500,000 bail each.

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8 comments

  • nolan

    Fry them!! Save the money, jail space and court’s time! They just need to be taken behind the woodshed and shot. What they did to that boy is insane and no justice or prison term will be good enough.

    • roger

      How can you do that to anyone, none the less a family member. These people are scumbags that have no soul and should be exterminated.

  • traliment

    Nolan-those were the first words that came to mind…fry 'em!! There truly is a special place in Hell for disgusting maggots like them.

  • elliott

    How freaking sad is this?! I hope they get thrown in prison and that they throw away the keys. Unfortunately this happens everywhere. We all need to keep our eyes open, seek out help for children who you know live in a house but are never seen. Kids that are always hurt or don't go to school very often. Child abusers need to be steralized and not be able to be around any children. I hope they rot in H*ll.

  • Annie

    They should tie the both of them up and do the same a scything to them. They don’t even deserve to go to jail and actually get to have a bed to sleep in. These people should both rot in hell!