New charges for guardians accused of torturing 13-year-old boy

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

KMOV.com

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 7:54 AM

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. -- Kitsap County prosecutors filed additional charges against the Silverdale couple accused of repeatedly beating and torturing a 13-year-old boy.

Brandon and Viviana Gunn were charged with unlawful imprisonment on Monday, but they were back in court Tuesday to face assault and kidnapping charges.

Police say in 2012 the couple became legal guardians of Brandon Gunn's 13-year-old brother.

The 13-year-old told police the couple beat him with a baseball bat, metal pipes and a hammer. He said his brother had hammered a nail through his hand.

According to detectives the couple violently punished the boy when he tried to escape from their wine cellar and was forced to live in a dog house.

Bremerton police found the boy sleeping on a bench Saturday morning. He said he had run away from the couple's home and was suffering from multiple injuries.

Doctors said the boy did not suffer any broken bones, but had multiple infections from his open cuts. They also found a piece of the nail still inside his hand.

He is now in the custody of the state.

Brandon and Viviana Gunn are held at the Kitsap County Jail on $500,000 bail.

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