A Kitsap County husband and wife have been arrested after the man’s 13-year-old brother told deputies that the couple routinely beat, burned and tortured him, once hammering a nail through his hand.
The Kitsap Sun reported that 27-year-old Brandon Gunn and 34-year-old Viviana Gunn were charged Monday with first-degree child assault in Kitsap County District Court after a medical examination of the boy and a search of the couple’s Silverdale home.
The newspaper said the examination found open wounds, some infected. A piece of metal was found inside the boy’s hand, and blood stains were found at the home. The boy had lived with the couple since May 2012. He told deputies the beatings began this summer.
Bremerton police found the boy sleeping on a park bench late Friday night and he was taken to a hospital.
The sheriff’s office says bail for the couple was set at $500,000 each. It was not immediately clear late Monday whether they had lawyers.The Associated Press