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Couple in child abuse case plead not guilty
Silverdale residents Brandon Pernell Gunn, 27, and Viviana Alma Gunn, 34, each pled not guilty to a slew of child abuse charges in Kitsap County Superior Court last week.
The Gunns each pled not guilty to kidnapping in the first degree, unlawful imprisonment and four counts of assault in the second degree. Prosecutors allege that the couple tortured Mr. Gunn’s 13-year-old brother over several months while he was in their care at a home in the 1100 block of NW Cloninger Court.
The Gunns next court appearance is an Oct. 2 omnibus hearing. Their tentative trial date is Oct. 28, but that could change if the defendants waive their right to a speedy trial.
According to police documents, the abuse was wide ranging and perverse.
It was so disturbing, in fact, that the case drew international attention. Court documents allege that the couple beat the boy with a baseball bat, whipped him with electrical chord, drove a nail through his hand and more.
A fundraising effort, dubbed “Bring Jordan Home,” has raised thousands of dollars for the boy.
The child torture case unfolded when Bremerton police officers found the 13-year-old boy sleeping on a city bus park bench.
They noticed that he had numerous injuries that needed immediate medical attention and he was transported to Harrison Memorial Hospital where he was treated for numerous cuts and abrasions as well as infections in his hands and feet.
The boy told police that he had escaped the Silverdale home two weeks before they found him.