Seated at the witness stand Friday morning, Brandy Turner's eyes welled up as she listened to her own voice screaming: "Oh, my God! He just kidnapped my son. ... Please, can you get my son?"
The 911 recording was made moments after her estranged husband attacked her with a Taser and pepper spray and then took away her son, according to prosecutors.
"I was scared to death," she testified. "I just couldn't see at all. My face was burning so bad, and I still wasn't sure what his intentions were. ... I was afraid he was going to kill me."
A Boulder County jury heard her story Friday morning four days into the trial of Turner's father-in-law, Ronald Turner, the 74-year-old man accused of plotting and aiding in the kidnapping of his 3-year-old grandson from Longmont last year.
Brandy Turner said she was outside her Longmont home just after 9 a.m. May 25 when her estranged husband, Monty Turner, showed up and asked to see their son, Luke.
She said she told her husband he could not be there due to a restraining order filed against him after he previously had disappeared with Luke for months. She then went inside to call 911. But before she could, Brandy Turner testified, he burst through the door, sprayed her with pepper spray and shocked her with a Taser stun gun.
As she tried to escape, Brandy Turner said, Luke was next to them and began screaming, "Don't hurt my mommy!"
"That's when I told (Monty Turner), 'You can see him, just don't hurt him,'" Brandy Turner said. "I just told him, 'Please don't take him again. I can't take it.'
"But he just picked him up and walked out the door."
Police and prosecutors say Monty Turner plotted with his father, the defendant Ronald Turner, to kidnap the child. After taking the child, prosecutors say Monty Turner met with his father nearby before the three left town.
Ronald Turner was arrested in Missouri early the next morning. Police and the FBI tracked Monty Turner to a motel in Canada, where they found Luke.
The alleged kidnapping took place just months after Luke was returned to his mother after having gone missing with Monty Turner for almost nine months. In that earlier alleged kidnapping, Brandy Turner said Friday, her husband had recently moved out and then asked if he could take their son on a three-day camping trip in July 2012.
"I kissed Luke and told him I would see him in a couple of days," she said.
But then the two disappeared for nine months as police and private investigators searched for them.
"The more time that passed, I wondered if I was ever going to see him again," Brandy Turner said.
Monty and Luke Turner were found in March 2013 in Washington County, where extended Turner family members owned property, and Brandy Turner was reunited with her son.
"I went up and I put my arms out and he came to me and I held him," she said. "I asked him if he knew who I was, and he said, 'Yes, Mommy.' It was so amazing to have him in my arms again. He still remembered me, and I was so afraid he wouldn't."
A permanent restraining order against Monty Turner was granted as a result of that incident, and he lost parental custody.
Brandy Turner started her testimony Tuesday, but the defendant suffered a medical condition at the Boulder County Jail that night that required surgical intervention. Ronald Turner also reported that he was not feeling well Thursday, further delaying the trial.
He was well enough to appear in court Friday morning, so the trial resumed.
Ronald Turner is facing charges of six counts of felony burglary, two counts of felony kidnapping, use of a stun gun, child abuse with no injury, felony menacing, violation of a custody order, third-degree assault and being an accessory to those crimes.
Monty Turner has not had a trial date set yet on his numerous charges after changing his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity.
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