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13-year-old boy tortured, abused; guardians arrested

Bremerton police found a 13-year-old boy sleeping on a park bench Aug. 23. He was injured and after being taken to a hospital, he told authorities he had been abused and tortured by his older brother and sister-in-law who were also his guardians.

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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.


This is the neighborhood in Central Kitsap in which a 13-year-old boy says his older brother and sister-in-law tortured him.

SILVERDALE – Friday evening, a 13-year-old boy found by police sleeping on a park bench suffering numerous injuries was taken a local hospital. While he was receiving treatment, the teen related to police a detailed story of abuse and torture he said he had suffered at the hands of his guardians.

Bremerton police arrested the boy’s guardians — the teen’s 27-year-old brother, Brandon Gunn, and Bradon’s wife, Viviana Gunn, 34. They face charges of assault, criminal mistreatment and unlawful imprisonment charges.

The teen told police Brandon and Vivian would tie him to rafters and hit him with bats, cords and metal bars. The boy also told police that Brandon would puncture the palm of his hand with a staple gun.

He also told police that his brother and sister-in-law would force him to strip and lock him up in  a dog kennel and deprive him of food and water. He said they called such incidents “sessions.”

The victim told police the abuse began earlier this summer at a home on the 1000 block of NW Cloninger Court in Silverdale.

Brandon and Viviana Gunn appeared before a judge Monday; they remain in jail and their bail is set at $500,000 each.

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This is the neighborhood in Silverdale in which a 13-year-old boy says his older brother and sister-in-law tortured him.

BREMERTON, Wash. — A 13-year-old boy’s older brother and his sister-in-law — his guardians — have been arrested after the teen said they kept him in their home and routinely tortured him by hitting him with a bat, cutting him and even driving a nail through his palm.

Bremerton police found the 13-year-old sleeping on a city park bench late Friday night, and observed physical injuries that required immediate medical attention, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Monday.

After being taken to a hospital, the teenager “related a lengthy, detailed complaint involving physical abuse, torture, imprisonment and mistreatment at the hands of his older brother and his brother’s wife,” the sheriff’s office said.

The boy said the two routinely beat him with a baseball bat, sliced his skin with a heated knife and once drove a nail through one of his hands, the sheriff’s office said. He added that the torture began earlier this summer and continued until two weeks ago, when the boy managed the escape the house in Silverdale.

The teenager told detectives that his arms and legs would be taped to a chair and that he was struck in the head, torso and legs with a baseball bat or a metal bar. He also said they placed his hand in a bench vise and drove a nail through his hand with a hammer.  He also said he was forced to strip and was placed inside a portable dog kennel for two days without food or water.

The boy said that two weeks ago, he was able to remove duct tape from his mouth and chew the tape that bound his hands together. He was then able to escape. He lived on the streets of Bremerton for about two weeks before being found by Bremerton police.

A search warrant was served on the house and “evidence substantiating the teen’s allegations was located and seized,” the sheriff’s office said.

The two adults were arrested Saturday and booked into jail on several charges, including assault, unlawful imprisonment and criminal mistreatment.

On Monday, the couple made an initial appearance in Kitsap County District Court and were remanded on a charge of unlawful imprisonment. Bail was set at $500,000 each.

The investigation is continuing, the sheriff’s office said.