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August 27, 2013 at 10:02 PM
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 allegedly hammering a nail through his hand.
The Kitsap Sun reports 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 says the exam 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 started earlier this summer.
Bremerton police found the boy sleeping on a park bench late Friday night and he was taken to a hospital for treatment.
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.
August 26, 2013 at 7:25 PM
Guardians of a 13-year-old Bremerton boy were arrested for investigation of unlawful imprisonment, assault and criminal mistreatment after the boy told police they beat and tortured him this summer, according to a news release from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department.
The boy told police his 27-year-old brother and his brother’s 34-year-old wife tortured him in repeated “sessions” in the garage, basement and bedroom of their home in the 1000 block of Northwest Cloninger Court, according to the release.
In these sessions, he said, they would tape or tie him to a chair and then beat him with a baseball bat or metal bar, hit him and drive nails through his hand with a hammer, hang him from a rafter by his hands, cut him with a hot knife and staple his hands with a staple gun, the news release says. He said he lost consciousness at times during the torture.
He also told police he was forced to strip and was imprisoned inside a locked dog kennel for up to three days without food or water, the release says. His sister-in-law would spray his open wounds with alcohol, he said.
During the last session, the release says he told police, his feet and mouth were taped shut and he was hit with a baseball bat. He was able to chew through the tape, force the cellar door open and run away, he said.
Bremerton police officers found the boy Friday night, about two weeks later. He was sleeping on a park bench with injuries that “required immediate medical attention,” according to the Sheriff’s Office news release.
After a search of the house, the two guardians were arrested Saturday morning and booked into jail on suspicion of numerous charges. Their bail has been set at $500,000 apiece, the release says.
March 15, 2012 at 3:48 PM
Eight-year-old Amina Kocer-Bowman will leave the intensive-care unit at Harborview Medical Center this afternoon, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Amina’s condition will be upgraded from serious to satisfactory, said Susan Gregg.
The girl has been in the hospital since she was wounded in an accidental shooting Feb. 22 in her classroom at Armin Jahr Elementary School in Bremerton. She was critically injured by a single bullet from a gun that a third-grade classmate carried to school in his backpack.
So far, Amina has undergone five surgeries, losing her gallbladder, part of her small intestine and a major vein. Her elbow, shattered by a .45-caliber bullet, has been patched together with a large metal plate. The bullet remains lodged near her spine but isn’t affecting her ability to move.
The 9-year-old boy responsible for her injuries has pleaded guilty to three criminal charges and was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to undergo counseling in a plea deal with Kitsap County prosecutors.
March 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM
The Associated Press
PORT ORCHARD — A Bremerton couple pleaded not guilty this morning to charges arising from the shooting that wounded an 8-year-old girl in a classroom.
The gun was in a backpack brought to class Feb. 22 by a 9-year-old boy and it fired when it dropped it on a desk. Third-grader Amina Kocer-Bowman was wounded and remains at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center.
The boy’s mother, Jamie Lee Chaffin, was arrested during Thursday’s court appearance in Port Orchard and led away in handcuffs. She’s held on $50,000 bail because she’s a convicted felon.
Her boyfriend, Douglas L. Bauer, who has no prior record, was released without bail.
The prosecutor’s office says both are due back in Kitsap County Superior Court on March 21.
Both are charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and third-degree assault, a felony that could send them to prison for up to five years.
March 13, 2012 at 2:40 PM
Jamie Lee Chaffin, the mother of the 9-year-old boy who pleaded guilty last week in connection with the Feb. 22 Bremerton school shooting, was charged today with third-degree assault. Prosecutors also filed the same charge against Chaffin’s boyfriend, Douglas L. Bauer.
Kitsap County Prosecutor Russ Hauge said he reviewed the evidence — the agony suffered by 8-year-old Amina Kocer-Bowman after she was shot in her East Bremerton classroom and the fact that the boy easily obtained a loaded gun from his mother’s home — and came to the conclusion that a traditional charge of reckless endangerment did not carry a sufficient penalty.
Police said Chaffin’s son obtained the .45-caliber handgun during a trip to his mother’s home. The handgun, which was in the boy’s backpack, accidentally discharged at Armin Jahr Elementary School, and the bullet struck Amina, who remains hospitalized.
Chaffin’s son pleaded guilty in juvenile court last week to reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a firearm and bringing a weapon to school. In exchange for a sentence of probation, the boy has agreed to testify against his mother and her boyfriend, authorities said.
State law on the issue of criminal responsibility in cases in which a child shoots someone else after obtaining an adult’s firearm is vague. Some prosecutors, including Hauge, have relied on the broad reckless endangerment statute, which according to state law, involves a person recklessly engaging in conduct which “creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to a person.”
But in the case of Chaffin and Bauer, a charge of reckless endangerment, a gross misdemeanor that could result in up to a year in jail, was just not severe enough, Hauge said.
If convicted of third-degree assault, a class C felony, the two could each face up to five years in prison. According to state law, a person could be found guilty of third-degree assault if with “criminal negligence,” they cause “bodily harm to another person by means of a weapon or other instrument or thing likely to produce bodily harm.”
“The adults have the responsibility for the firearm,” Hauge said.
The shooting at Armin Jahr Elementary School effectively “ammounted to giving the firearm to the young boy,” Hauge said. “It was no different than if they said to him ‘here put this [gun] in your backpack,’ ” Hauge said.
Chaffin and Bauer are scheduled to be arraigned later this week.
February 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM
Bremerton police believe today’s shooting at Armin Jahr Elementary School accidental.
A student had brought a loaded handgun to school, police said. The handgun accidentally discharged while it was in the boy’s backpack and the bullet struck 8-year-old third-grader Amina Bowman, police said.
Police said a handgun was recovered in the classroom.
The student who brought the handgun to school has been booked into the Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Center for investigation of unlawful awful possession of a firearm, bringing a dangerous weapon onto school grounds and third-degree assault.
Investigators are trying to determine where the boy obtained the handgun.
They released few details about the boy, reportedly a 9-year-old third-grader.
Amina was airlifted from Bremerton’s Harrison Hospital to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she was listed in critical condition Wednesday evening after about two hours of exploratory surgery to determine the extent of her injuries.
Amina’s grandmother, Cindy Kocer, told Times news partners KING-TV that her family expects the girl will be OK, but asked the community for prayers. The bullet reportedly struck Amina’s arm and then went into her abdomen, but hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg would not disclose details.
We’ll post a full story shortly.
February 6, 2012 at 12:45 PM
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Bremerton police are calling the death last week of a 61-year-old woman a homicide.
The body of Melody Brannon was found just before 6:30 p.m. Friday in the 1300 block of High Avenue. The Kitsap County Coroner’s office has ruled Brannon’s death a homicide.
The Kitsap Sun reports police haven’t confirmed where Brannon’s body was found, only that it was not in the house. Police are not disclosing the cause of death.
Bremerton police are asking anyone with information on Brannon’s death to call the department’s Tip Line at 360-473-5481.
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