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Man pleads not guilty to causing death of girlfriend's son

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Dane County man has pleaded not guilty to causing the death of his girlfriend's five-year-old son. 

24-year-old Dakota Black of Oregon was arraigned Thursday on a charge of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of Brayden Turnbill in late October. 

Authorities said Black and his girlfriend Sharon Turnbill were staying at her cousin's house in Sun Prairie when Turnbill came home from work and found her son having a hard time breathing.

It was later learned that the child died from blunt force trauma to the head. 

A detective testified that Black was the only adult who was home when Brayden collapsed -- but Black denied hurting the infant. 

Brayden died at a hospital two days after the incident.

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