Brittan Ruck, of Beaver County, is facing criminal charges after allegedly pulling her 6-year-old daughter's hair so hard that it caused internal bleeding. The criminal complaint states that the incident, which took place on August 31st, caused the girl's scalp to separate from her skull as a result of Ruck pulling on her hair. In medical terms the head injury is called traction, which is when there is a separation between the scalp and skull that creates a void that fills with blood.
Children's Hospital staff altered the police while treating the girl who presented with raccoon eyes due to the blood that ended up pulling around her eyes. The criminal complaint states that the child told police that her mother had pulled her out of a chair by her hair because she was struggling to count to 12. The child also told police that her mother pulled her into a corner by her hair the next day as punishment. Fortunately, the child has been treated and released from the hospital and is now staying with a relative.
Ruck has admitted to pulling the girl's hair on numerous occasions and told police that she did not think she was doing anything wrong. Conway Police released a statement saying that Ruck's "mother had assaulted her when she was younger, and she was going back to that, saying, 'This is what happened to me and I'm still here.'" Neighbors say that Ruck just moved to their neighborhood in the spring with her fiancé and two other children, ages 4 and 1. Police believe that Ruck's fiancé was not around during the abuse and likely will not be charged.
Ruck is being held in Beaver County Jail on $50,000 bond and is charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person. In Pennsylvania aggravated assault is a felony that requires intent to inflict violence on another individuals and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. A simple assault charge is appropriate when the act was not intentionally violent in nature but caused harm to another.
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