In Nigeria this is known as “home training.”
Brandon and Viviana Gunn face accusations they whipped, burned and cut the husband’s 13-year-old brother, Jordan Gunn, in their Silverdale home in the Seattle suburbs. Kitsap sheriff’s deputies discovered blood and torture tools to support the teen victim’s tale of horror.
BY DOYLE MURPHY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
A 13-year-old’s relatives thought his adult brother would be a good influence, never dreaming he would whip, staple and starve the boy during repeated torture sessions.
Jordan Gunn left his Georgia home in 2012 to live with his half-brother Brandon Gunn and wife Viviana Gunn in a Seattle suburb.
Instead of nurturing him, the couple subjected the young teen to an array of sadistic punishments, according to court documents obtained by the Daily News.
Cuts, scabs and thick, raised scars on the Jordan’s arms tipped off cops to weeks of horror.
The couple were arrested on Saturday and arraigned Tuesday on new charges, including four counts of felony assault, along with unlawful imprisonment.
Cops in Bremerton, Wash., discovered the boy wounded and asleep on a park bench two weeks after his escape.
The cuts, scabs and thick, raised scars on the boy’s arms tipped off cops to Jordan’s weeks of horror.
Brandon Gunn was arraigned Tuesday on charges of assault and unlawful imprisonment in the alleged torture of his 13-year-old brother.
Brandon, 27, and Viviana Gunn, 34, first lashed Jordan with an electric cord in May when they accused him of stealing, and the punishments grew more violent every time the teen missed a chore or committed some other minor offense, a probable cause affidavit said.
The “sessions” might last a couple of hours with Jordan bound to a chair with duct tape or hung from a bar in the garage of the Silverdale, Wash., home, authorities said.
Viviana Gunn appeared in court to face charges she beat, burned and cut her younger brother-in-law, Jordan Gunn.
The affidavits describe Viviana Gunn heating a knife with a lighter before she cut him, and later spraying alcohol on the open wounds to make them hurt more.
Brandon reportedly use a construction-grade staple gun on Jordan’s palms and pounded his feet with a hammer, the affidavit says.
The couple would strip the teen naked and leave him in a portable kennel without food like a dog, returning only to give him a little water and a pill that made him sleepy, authorities said.
Jordan’s punishments got punishments grew more violent every time he missed a chore or committed some other minor offense, an affidavit says.
Once, the guardians secured his hand in a workbench vice and drove a nail through Jordan’s palm with a hammer, the affidavit says.
During the last session, the couple bound the boy’s hands, feet and mouth with duct tape and beat him with a bat because they found out he’d sneaked out from the cellar and taken some food while everyone was away, the affidavit says.
Jordan later escaped by chewing through the duct tape and forcing his way out the cellar door. He stayed in abandoned buildings and lived off whatever he could shoplift for two weeks before cops found him, authorities said.
BRANDON P. GUNN VIA FACEBOOK
Brandon P. Gunn, 27, and his wife Viviana A. Gunn, 34, tortured the husband’s 13-year-old brother repeatedly, authorities say.
Physicians at Harrison Memorial Hospital noted he had numerous infections from open wounds. He also had a piece of metal, possibly from the nail, in his hand, authorities said.
Kitsap County Sheriff’s detectives said Jordan was able to describe not only the abuse but the locations and colors of the couple’s tools of torture.
The quiet facade of Brand and Viviana Gunn’s home in Silverdale, Wash., hid a house of horrors, authorities say.
Detectives searched the house on Saturday. They discovered blood on the vice and workbench, blood splattered on a bedroom door and wall where Jordan said he was whipped with an electric cord.
Detectives also found a broken chair, staple gun, alcohol spray bottle, dog kennel and a purple baseball bat with blood stains — all described by the boy.
An electric cord, folded over with a loop at the end, matched wounds on Jordan’s body, and a damaged cellar door supported the boy’s tale of escape, detectives said.
VIVIANA A. GUNN VIA GOOGLE+
Brandon P. Gunn, 27, and his wife Viviana A. Gunn, 34, face charges of assault and unlawful imprisonment after cops found the man’s 13-year-old brother severely wounded on a park bench.
Relatives in Georgia were the first to report Jordan’s disappearance on Aug. 22.
“We had grown apprehensive of Jordan’s questionable and guarded demeanor over the past few months and got very suspicious when we had not heard from Jordan and was not allowed to communicate with him,” the boy’s aunt Marsha Thomas-Jones wrote on Facebook.
VIVIANA A. GUNN VIA GOOGLE+
Viviana A. Gunn, 34, would heat a knife with a lighter and then cut her teenage brother-in-law, authorities say.
The family is now trying to raise money to pay travel expenses for Jordan’s mother to bring him home to Georgia. The boy is in protective custody.
The day after relatives reported Jordan as missing, Viviana Gunn began to post Facebook messages, claiming her young brother-in-law had a history of running away and was missing.
“Calling it a night, keeping the porch light on and prayers sent up,” she wrote on Aug. 23. “ Just hope Jordan Gunn is safe, and his Mother received some forethought of peace and understanding. Up early to post flyers.”
VIVIANA A. GUNN VIA GOOGLE+
Brandon Gunn and wife, Viviana, are accused of binding the man’s 13-year-old brother and beating him with a bat during prolonged torture sessions.
Investigators were already closing in. Sheriff’s detectives interviewed Jordan at the hospital about 1 a.m. on Aug. 24. They soon applied for a search warrant and arrested Brandon and Viviana Gunn later the same day.
The husband admitted occasionally striking his little brother with a belt but said he never gave him more than three lashings at a time.
Viviana Gunn had children with another man who occasionally stayed at the house, but apparently were not tortured.
One child, identified only by his initials in court papers, told detectives he’d seen the Gunns punish Jordan with a belt for messing up chores and stealing food.
The child said the family had gone to a drive-in weeks before, but Jordan had to stay in the dark, cold cellar while they were gone. When the child visited again on Aug. 16, the couple told him Jordan had run away.