Law Enforcement Overrides Organ Donation Consent from Young Murder Victim’s Family

From WISC-TV in Madison, WI:
Family of Brayden Turnbill blocked from donation organs
Rock Co. coroner says block organ donation is rare
MADISON, Wis. – WISC-TV has learned the family of a 5-year-old alleged child abuse victim was blocked from donating his organs.

The Dane County District Attorney’s Office confirms they filed a restraining order in the matter.

Dane County Medical Examiner’s Director of Operations Barry Irmen said this is the first time in the state that this has happened, and that his office and the DA’s office got a judge to block the organ donation to preserve evidence.

Five-year-old Brayden Turnbill died on Oct. 24 at UW Hospital after being taken from his home with head and chest injuries that investigators say were from child abuse.

Turnbill’s family members said they consented to donating his organs, but Assistant District Attorney Tom Fallon confirms that the DA’s office stepped in, arguing to Judge Peter Anderson in a morning hearing on Oct. 24 that the body needed to remain completely intact to determine the cause and manner of death. Those court proceedings are sealed, but Anderson granted the restraining order and Turnbill had life support removed and died that evening.

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