UPDATES - 11-15-13

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 - 11-13-13 -



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.


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.

10/28/13 -UPDATE:



The Sun Prairie Police Department is identifying Dakota R. Black (DOB: 11-02-89) as a suspect in the death of five-year old Brayden Turnbill.  Black is the boyfriend of Brayden Turnbill’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 Sherriff’s Office are completing the investigation in an effort to make a charging recommendation. 


Investigators continue to follow-up on information and the release of further details would compromise the investigation.


Concerned community members have established a benefit fund on behalf of Brayden.  The accompanying information is included at the request of the benefit’s organizers.


10/25/2013 UPDATE:

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.

10/25/2013 UPDATE:

An online report cites multiple sources close to the family of the 5 year old boy, saying the child died from his injuries on Thursday night. . 

We are awaiting comment from the Sun Prairie Police Department.



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 1948 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