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Sam and Patricia Garwo, the homeowners at 1948 Barrington Circle, released this statement regarding the death of Brayden Turnbill:

"Just over 3 1/2 weeks ago we opened our home to another family in need. At no time did we suspect Brayden or any of our children were in danger. None of our family was home when Brayden was injured and we are fully cooperating with law enforcement. We have 3 young children who are trying comprehend what has just happened and at this time we would appreciate our privacy and would hope people and the media would allow our family to heal."

UPDATED Friday, November 22, 2013 --- 7:31 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An Oregon man has pleaded not guilty to causing the massive brain injury that killed his girlfriend's 5-year-old son.

Twenty-four-year-old Dakota Black is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of Brayden Turnbill. He died Oct. 24, two days after he was found injured at a home in Sun Prairie.

The State Journal reports a criminal complaint says Brayden's death was a homicide due to blunt force trauma to the head. Black and Shannon Turnbill were staying at the home of Turnbill's cousin at the time. The complaint says Turnbill came home from work and found her son having difficulty breathing.

A detective testified during Black's court appearance Thursday that Black denied injuring Brayden, but acknowledged he was the only adult home at the time Brayden collapsed.

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UPDATED: Friday, November 15, 2013 --- 5:00 p.m.

Madison --- Bail is set at $100,000 for the man charged in the death of a 5-year old boy.

24-year-old Dakota Black made his first appearance in court Friday. He's charged with first degree reckless homicide in the death of Brayden Turnbill.

It happened last month inside a Sun Prairie home. Black was the only one at the home when doctors say the boy suffered a deadly brain injury as a result of child abuse.

If found guilty prosecutors say he could face a long time behind bars.


UPDATED Wednesday, November 13, 2013 --- 2:40 p.m.

From our news partner, the Sun Prairie Star:

Dane County authorities on Nov. 12 formally charged Dakota Black with first degree reckless homicide in connection with the Oct. 22 beating and subsequent death of 5-year-old Brayden Turnbill in Sun Prairie.

If convicted, Black could receive a maximum of 66 years imprisonment because of his status as a repeat offender.

According to the criminal complaint, Turnbill's mother arrived home to find her son lying on his bed, perhaps having a seizure. When she attempted to wake him and could not, Turnbill's mother called 911.

During subsequent police questioning, Black said he never checked on Brayden after he went back downstairs from playing outside. The complaint states Brayden had never been diagnosed with epilepsy prior to the seizure.

When an officer asked Brayden's mother about how the child had received bruises on his chest and abdomen, she said she was unsure where the marks had come from because she had dress the boy for school earlier that day and "marks were not there."

A doctor told police after examining the boy that he had a massive intracranial injury, possibly due to shaking or an impact to his head.

When questioned by police, Black said, according to the complaint, that he did not know how the boy was hurt.

"I don't know but the way he is . . . on my watch," Black told police, according to the complaint.

When the detective asked Black again what that meant, Black responded, "whatever happened on my watch," and "I am responsible."

An autopsy showed Turnbill died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

The repeat offender charges stem from Black's previous convictions for possession of narcotic drugs and felony bail jumping, according to the complaint.


UPDATED Tuesday, November 5, 2013 --- 11:18 a.m.

Sun Prairie Police are asking for homicide charges against a man accused in the death of a 5-year-old boy.

Dakota Black is the suspect in the death of Brayden Turnbill.

The District Attorney will now review the Sun Prairie Police Department's reports, and then make a charging decision.


UPDATED Monday, October 28, 2013 --- 5:23 p.m.

Sun Prairie Police have identified Dakota Black as the suspect in the death of 5-year-old Brayden Turnbill.

Officers say Black is the boyfriend of Brayden's mother.

Black has been held in the Dane County Jail on an unrelated probation and parole warrant since the day of the incident.

The Sun Prairie Police Department and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office are completing their investigation before making recommendations on charges.

"It is heartbreaking to have to investigate something like this," said Sun Prairie assistant police chief Scott Faust. "I think the city of Sun Prairie is wrestling with this tragedy, that we have a 5-year-old who unfortunately has died in this inicident, and we're going to do our very best to do a complete investigation and come up with charges so that justice can be done."

Faust tells NBC15 that Black is the only suspect and was at the house where the child was found when police arrived.

"At this time, we can't delve into or go into a great amount of detail as it relates to the incident itself because we still have an investigation to do, and we don't want to compromise that investigation," Faust said. "We felt that it was important for our community to understand that we have a suspect."

UPDATED Monday, October 28, 2013 --- 3:34 p.m.

We're learning more today about the murder of a 5 year old boy in Sun Prairie.

5-year-old Brayden Turnbill died Thursday due to an alleged abuse incident at a home on Barrington Circle.

Turnbill and his mother were staying at the house with relatives.

The relatives didn't want to be on camera, but released a statement saying, "We opened our home to another family in need... At no time did we suspect Brayden or any of our children were in danger."

They say they were not home at the time.

Neighbors we spoke with today are still very shaken up about the incident. A family friend has set up a fund for funeral arrangements at any of the Bank of Sun Prairie locations. Anything left over will go toward child abuse prevention organizations.

Police say they will be releasing details including a possible suspect identification later today.


UPDATED Friday, October 25, 2013 --- 4:53 p.m.

The Dane Co. Medical Examiner has identified the boy who died in a child abuse case in Sun Prairie as 5-year-old Brayden Turnbill.

The Medical Examiner has ruled the manner of death in this investigation as a homicide.

Turnbill died Thursday at the UW Hospital.

Police are not saying whether they have any suspects or whether they have made any arrests.


UPDATED Friday, October 25, 2013 --- 1:43 p.m.

Sun Prairie Police say a 5-year-old boy has died, and their department continues to devote extensive resources into this child abuse investigation.

Officers do not believe the community is in danger.

Police say they are investigating this case as a homicide as well.


Posted Thursday, October 24, 2013 --- 2:28 p.m.

Sun Prairie Police say they are investigating a child abuse case after a 5-year-old boy suffered significant life-threatening injuries.

Crews responded to a home in the 1900 block of Barrington Circle 4:23 Tuesday afternoon. The boy was taken to the hospital.

Police say the community is not in danger. They do not want to release any other information at this time in an effort to not compromise their investigation.

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