MADISON, Wis. -

Family members of the Sun Prairie boy who police said died after being abused are speaking out about the case for the first time.

Friday, the Dane County medical examiner ruled 5-year-old Brayden Turnbill’s death was a homicide.

His father told News 3 his son’s death could have been prevented.

"He’ll be missed and he’s definitely going to be loved," said Brayden’s father, Anthony Turnbill.

Turnbill said he knows who killed his son, but Sun Prairie Police won’t confirm who might be held responsible. They did say authorities were called to a home on Barrington Circle Tuesday afternoon and had opened a child abuse investigation.

Brayden died Thursday at the University of Wisconsin Hospital.

"What I can tell you is that our investigation reveals that the community is not in danger at this time," Sun Prairie Assistant Police Chief Scott Faust said. "More specifics as to what leads and interests we’re following up on, I can’t talk about that."

Police have refused to answer any other of our questions, saying it will compromise the investigation.

Turnbill said he hadn’t seen Brayden in a couple of years. The boy’s mother had custody of him and Brayden had been living with her and her boyfriend. Turnbill is taking care of his other five children.

"I’ve tried numerous times to see him; it just didn’t happen," explained Turnbill.
"Somewhere along the line, I feel like Brayden fell through the cracks."

Turnbill and his family cheered on Turnbill’s other son Friday night at Lessuier Stadium.

Tyler Turnbill is a defensive lineman for the Madison La Follette Lancers. He said he’s playing the game and dedicating it to his younger brother.

"[Brayden] would have loved to have been there if he could have been," said Turnbill. "So, that’s why we’re doing it."

The medical examiner performed an autopsy Friday, but said an additional physical examination will resume next week.