Man accused of killing 5-year-old heads to trial

The case against a man accused of killing a 5-year-old boy in Sun Prairie will go to trial.

Dakota Black, 24, of Oregon, was charged with first-degree reckless homicide after Brayden Turnbill, his girlfriend’s son, died Oct. 24 from blunt force trauma to the head, authorities said.

Court documents said Turnbill’s mother found him in the basement of the Sun Prairie home where they were staying on Oct. 22. Turnbill had bruises and he was not breathing, according to the criminal complaint. Turnbill died two days later at UW Hospital.

Sun Prairie police officers and detectives testified during Thursday’s preliminary hearing about finding Turnbill barely breathing in his home and about the injuries that were found on his body at UW Hospital.

“I observed he had bruises to his chest, to his buttocks, to his abdomen, to both upper arms and I observed that his head was wrapped based on the surgery that he had just undergone,” Sun Prairie police detective Michael Wilson said.

Detectives said doctors told them that the injuries Turnbill sustained would have caused him to “go down” immediately.

“This would have been an immediately incapacitating injury,” Wilson said.

Wilson said Turnbill’s mother did not see bruises on him in the morning.

Court documents say Black was the only adult at the home when Turnbill was injured.