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Father of Brayden Turnbill says he tried to alert authorities to danger

MADISON (WKOW) -- The father of a five year old homicide victim says he contacted authorities in the past over the child's safety.

Officials say five year old Brayden Turnbill was killed last week. Officers responded to the Sun Prairie home where the child was living after becoming aware Turnbill had suffered injuries.

Turnbill's father, Anthony Turnbill tells 27 News he contacted the Dane County Sheriff's office and child protective services in the past, with concerns about the boy's treatment in his mother's care. Turnbill suggested little was done to ensure the child was not at risk.

"The allegations were made last summer that there was abuse happening," Turnbill tells 27 News.

Dane County Sheriff's spokesperson Elise Schaffer says records show Sheriff's personnel had contact with Turnbill in May and July of 2012.

Schaffer says records show in both instances, the law enforcement involvement revolved around child custody issues and Turnbill desire to see his son. Schaffer says the records not no child endangerment claims.

After a Dane County Human Services official referred 27 News to the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families on Turnbill's claims he reported concerns about the boy's treatment, a spokesperson said no information could be released on any child's case.

"He fell through the cracks," Turnbill tells 27 News.

Turnbill tells 27 News his grief over his son's death is compounded by accusations lodged against him Monday in connection with a separate child.

Turnbill and his 17-year old son Tyler Turnbill were charged with felony crimes for what authorities say was the repeated, sexual assault of a teenage girl. Both father and son remain free on signature bonds.

Anthony Turnbill tells 27 News the accusations are "sickening," and denies he sexually assaulted the girl, and says his son Tyler is also blameless. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne has yet to respond to a request for comment from 27 News on the criminal charges.

According to a criminal complaint, the girl told investigators the sexual assaults by Tyler Turnbill began when she was approximately ten years old. The complaint states Anthony Turnbill forced the girl to touch him inappropriately, and also touched her inappropriately.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The father of Brayden Turnbill, the five-year-old killed in Sun Prairie last week, says he tried to warn authorities his son was in danger.

Brayden was taken to UW Hospital last Tuesday with what turned out to be fatal injuries. He died Thursday and Friday's autopsy resulted in the boy's death being ruled a homicide.

Sun Prairie police have released no information about a suspect in the case.

Monday, Anthony Turnbill was charged in Dane County court with repeated sexual assault of a female child.  Turnbill's 17-year-old son, Tyler, was also charged this morning with two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child and 2nd degree sexual assault of a child.   


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