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Evidence in a child sexual assault case was left untested for more than four years in a popular Northwoods vacation town, allowing a suspected molester to elude criminal charges until last month.

The case started in December 2013 when a mother reported to Minocqua police that her 2-year-old son might have been molested. Her son described feeling pain from an unnamed "doctor" who "put his belly up his butt," she said.

A nurse collected forensic samples from the toddler's body for DNA tests.

But according to case records obtained by USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin, Minocqua police put the evidence in storage and ended their investigation after four days.

The case remained idle until state officials asked Minocqua police last year to submit the samples for DNA testing. The state had received millions in grants to pay for DNA tests and hoped the effort would help catch rapists.

The Minocqua case gained steam in June this year after the state reported finding an adult man's DNA on a swab of the toddler's body. Further analysis of the same swab reported finding the man's sperm.

On Nov. 30, Oneida County prosecutors charged the man, Brandon Darnick, 26, with first-degree sexual assault of a child. Darnick has pleaded not guilty. He could face decades in prison if convicted.

In 2013, Minocqua police shelved the forensic samples that led to Darnick's charges due to a "lack of evidence" in the case, according to a police log. Minocqua police had called the toddler's complaints "difficult to understand" in 2013 and noted that a nurse had found no signs of injury or abuse.

Police also noted in 2013 that Darnick admitted to being alone with the boy in a bedroom — but other adults were in the home during the same period.
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Old Man Metal

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Minocqua police had called the toddler's complaints "difficult to understand" in 2013
He was TWO, ya' idiots!

and noted that a nurse had found no signs of injury or abuse.
So why not test the rape kit and find out for sure? I mean, hell, it's right there.

Someone at the PD needs a belly up their butt.
 

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LFODBiker

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Lazy investigation by even lazier detectives.

It took the state to kick them in the ass to send in the samples? Where the fuck was the chief on all this? Isn't he supposed to look at case clearance rates and manage accordingly?

It's not like the Minocqua Police Department was overwhelmed with rape kits for 2013 (or even crime in general if these numbers are to be believed).

Somebody at that department needs to get fired.
 

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Ramona the brave

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So this fucker has likely been getting away with child rape since 2013 then. Swell.

I grew up in Wisconsin. I've vacationed in Minocqua. And I'm not surprised. Incompetence and a complete lack of ethics are a disease among small-town cops.
 

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Sugar Cookie

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People need to be fired from the bottom to the top.

I am sure this is not the only child that piece of shit raped.
 

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Muriel Schwenck

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It's understandable from a legal point of view that they could not move forward based on a 2 yr old's remarks. Maybe the child wasn't injured. I squirm to type this, but maybe the man humped the toddler without penetration but left DNA evidence when he came on the little boys butt crack. Sorry, but I want to be clear on why it might be difficult to follow through based on incoherent toddler statements and no physical injury.
But they had a rape kit to utilize and chose to shelve it!!!
If they were understaffed and under funded, surely this would still be a red flag moment.

Proposition: as a concerned parent, could I hire a private investigator to follow the perp, obtain a DNA sample from a discarded cigarette butt, cup, sputum, etc. Pay to extract a DNA sample, then petition or sue the DA to match the rape kit?
 
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Sugar Cookie

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The number of rape kits that are not being tested is staggering. It is frustrating and disgusting that this is so common in most states.
 

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LFODBiker

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as a concerned parent, could I hire a private investigator to follow the perp, obtain a DNA sample from a discarded cigarette butt, cup, sputum, etc. Pay to extract a DNA sample, then petition or sue the DA to match the rape kit?
The problem is that the kit was never tested in the first place. Sure, you've spent a lot of money hiring a P.I., they diligently record the methods used to collect, store and process the DNA sample. Chain of custody is impeccable. Now what? Instead of spending $$$ to do all that, it would be cheaper just to pay to get the kit tested yourself. At the very least the profile is uploaded into CODIS and the chances of catching the perp go up. After it's uploaded, Police with suspicion have no problem getting a warrant for a DNA sample from a suspect.
 

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Muriel Schwenck

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The problem is that the kit was never tested in the first place. Sure, you've spent a lot of money hiring a P.I., they diligently record the methods used to collect, store and process the DNA sample. Chain of custody is impeccable. Now what? Instead of spending $$$ to do all that, it would be cheaper just to pay to get the kit tested yourself. At the very least the profile is uploaded into CODIS and the chances of catching the perp go up. After it's uploaded, Police with suspicion have no problem getting a warrant for a DNA sample from a suspect.
Yes, I can pay to get the kit tested, but I have to find a match, so I need to sneak some DNA from the perp because the police didnt think it worth their while. So I have to get it myself, and the perp might know and avoid me. That's why the PI.
 

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