DNA Test Clears Jailed Man After 4-Year-Old Accidentally Accused Him of Heinous Sexual Assault

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Patrick Edward Misner
Patrick Edward Misner
After he was arrested for the alleged brutal rape of his then-girlfriend's 4-year-old girl, Tommy Braden was placed in jail for 84 days. The entire time he was in prison, he begged authorities to conduct a DNA test to prove his innocence, but they refused to do so, based on the fact that they felt the test was a waste of taxpayers' money. Finally, three months after he was admitted, a DNA test was administered, and guess what? Braden was telling the truth: He didn't do it.

Branden found the little girl the morning after the horrifying incident and immediately called the police. The cops arrested Braden on the basis that they felt the scene looked staged; he failed a lie-detector test; and -- worst of all -- the fact that the little girl identified him. The DNA match belongs to Patrick Edward Misner, a convicted felon who lived in the same mobile home park as the little girl. Misner had fled from Oklahoma, where he was living, to Portland, Oregon, where he was arrested for something else. He's since been brought back to Oklahoma and is being held on $750,000 bond on charges of burglary, rape, and lewd molestation.

Based on everything the police found, how could one not initially think that Branden was guilty? Especially after the little girl IDed him? It seemed like a fairly cut and dried case, but clearly, when dealing with something as serious as the rape of a small child, more steps need to be taken.

Not only was Braden accused of one of the most heinous crimes, completely tarnishing his name, Misner went free. I'm not sure what's more sickening. Could you imagine the world thinking you did something so atrocious, when really, you were the person who called for help? And could you imagine what it must have been like for Braden when the little girl pointed at him as the suspect?

It's a good thing thing the court decided to go ahead with a DNA test -- not only to clear Braden's name, but to make sure the sick individual who did this never sees the light of day.

Maybe DNA tests, in cases like these, should be something we resort to sooner. A mistake like this is unacceptable.

What do you think of this?



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LostS... LostSoul88

I can see WHY they arrested him but denying him a DNA test to prove his innocents is against his rights.  i am glad they finally did it but he will have this "rape" under his head forever and will affect the rest of his life. 

Serab... Serabelle

If DNA evidence is present, they should always do a test. Making sure the right person is punished is important, and a 4 year old that's just had a major trauma can hardly be considered a reliable witness.... She may have been pointing to him as the one who rescued her/ found her, who knows. 4 year old are not usually the best communicators, they are little and still learning.

LeeshaE LeeshaE

You would be surprised how little DNA is processed during sexual assaults there are hundreds of thousands of rape kits out there that have not been entered into the FBI database, which when you consider that many felons are part of that database one can only conclude that damning evidence is sitting collecting dust, while victims live their nightmares and rapists walk the streets.

nonmember avatar phoenix

And we wonder why, as a society, people are hesitant to reach out and help. If he'd left the little girl to the next guy to help, we would have called him a heartless monster- and he would have avoided jail time and the complete ruin of his reputation. I hate when cops assume that reporting a crime means you did it, but they do that more than you'd like to think.

Eddie... EddiesMama83

This is exactly why people are less likel to help or get involved in dangerous situations. What I would like to know is this: where was that girl's parents? Did they leave her all alone in a trailer park? THEY should be arrested for child neglect.

Lillie Fazendin

whos to say he didnt have something to do with it though after all the little girl pionted him out maybe he allowed the person to do it to her this is a sick world ppl and it does happen

Barbara White

DNA should have been done THE VERY FIRST day before he was even charged!! Kids are unreliable witnesses but especially when traumatized like this child was.  The court of public opinion is harsh and even proven innocent there will always be those that will always say maybe he really did it. blank stare

Katherine Allen

Braden should sue he hell out of the state


redho... redhotscorp61

I would sue!  I think it's horrible for a man to be wrongfully accused and his reputation ruined.  I think DNA tests should be standard. 

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