Sapulpa man accused of raping 4-year-old child released from jail, warrant out for new suspect

SAPULPA, Okla. - A Sapulpa man arrested for allegedly raping his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter has been set free, while a warrant has been filed for another.

Tommy Braden, 24, was released last week after a DNA test showed a match for another man staying in a residence near the girl's home, says Creek County District Attorney Max Cook.

Authorities are on the lookout for new suspect, Patrick Misner.

Misner was released from prison about a month before the rape occurred, according to authorities.

On Sunday, Misner was arrested in Portland, Ore. on an unrelated charge. He has since been released.

Misner's warrant includes counts of first-degree burglary, first-degree rape and lewd molestation.

In April, deputies arrived at a Sapulpa trailer park to find the child covered in blood from the waist down. The family dog had also been stabbed and killed.

Deputies say Braden was the only other person there.

Braden actually called 911 himself, telling police he thought someone had broken into the house and raped the girl.

Police said in April they didn't initially believe everything about Braden's story.

"Upon further investigation and everything, it became apparent to us that we didn't believe that the story was truthful," said Capt. John Davis, with the Creek County Sheriff's Office.

Braden's attorney, Lowell Howe, said his client is now focused on repairing his reputation and wants authorities to find the correct suspect.

"I believe that he should be looked upon as the same person he was before this ever happened because at the end of the day, he's an innocent man and that's what people need to know about him," said Howe.

An ambulance transported the child to the hospital, where she underwent surgery. Deputies say she's OK.

Authorities originally said Braden would likely be charged with one count of child sexual abuse, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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