• Criminal complaint describes gruesome details of alleged child abuse


    CONWAY, Pa. - A Beaver County mother is facing charges after authorities said she abused her daughter by violently pulling her hair.

    According to the complaint, officers were first alerted to the case on Aug. 31 when hospital officials reported they were treating a 6-year-old for an injury to her head.

    The complaint said the injury was described as a separation of the victim’s scalp from her skull, also known as traction. This caused a void between the skull and scalp that filled with blood.

    “The doctors told us there was a separation of the victim from her skull,” Conway police Officer Mike Priolo said.

    Doctors who treated the girl told police her injuries were most consistent with violent hair pulling, as well as an impact to her left ear.

    Once officers interviewed the girl’s mother, identified as Brittany Ruck, the complaint states she admitted to pulling her daughter’s hair to get her attention.

    The complaint said the child told police that her mother wanted her to count to 12, but she couldn’t.

    “The little girl told us she could only count to 10 because she had 10 fingers, but she couldn’t count any higher. That’s when the mother grabbed her by her hair,” Priolo said.

    According to the complaint, the girl told police that on a separate occasion, her mother pulled her across the floor into a corner by a hair.

    “It’s just sad because she didn’t do anything wrong and she had to bear the brunt of pain,” Priolo said.

    Channel 11 News had learned Ruck has three children, and they’ve been placed with other family members.

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