by: Kevin McCarty Updated:KITSAP COUNTY, Wash. —
New charges have been added in the case of a Kitsap County husband and wife accused of repeatedly and systematically abusing and torturing a 13-year-old boy.
According to a probable cause affidavit released Tuesday, Brandon and Viviana Gunn conducted what were referred to as "sessions," during which they would beat Brandon Gunn's younger brother, identified only as JCG. The affidavit was presented during the Gunn's second court appearance as prosecutors added new counts of assault and kidnapping to charges of unlawful imprisonment and criminal mistreatment filed on Monday.
During the alleged sessions JCG often had his hands duct taped over his head to a vertical bar and was then hung from a wooden rafter in the garage and beaten with bats and metal bars. Viviana would heat up a knife with a light, and cut the teenager with it, according to the charges. The document states JCG was forced to strip naked and stay in a portable dog kennel on two occasions for two to three days at a time with no food or water. He was also given pills that would make him sleepy, and Viviana would use a spray bottle of alcohol and water and spray it directly on his wounds to get a reaction from him, according to the affidavit.
The Gunns allegedly duct taped JCG to a chair in the garage during the torture sessions, duct taping his eyes and mouth so he could not see what was happening and could not scream. He was hit in the head, torso and legs with a baseball bat and metal bars, losing consciousness at times, according to the affidavit.
Evidence photographs obtained by KIRO 7 showed scars on JCG's arms, allegedly inflicted by the Gunns during the sessions.
The Gunns were arrested Saturday after Brandon Gunn's younger brother was found by police in Bremerton sleeping in a park. Investigators said the officers noticed scars and wounds on the teenager and realized he needed immediate medical attention.
Brandon and Viviana Gunn remain in the Kitsap County Jail with bail set at $500,000.