Monday, January 5, 2015

Dad accused of abusing 4-year-old son in court; boy has only 30% chance of survival (Clark County, Indiana)

Yet another case where there is no mention of a mother in the home or anywhere else.

Dad is identified as CHRISTOPHER BRUCK.

Father accused of abusing 4-year-old appears in court

UPDATED 5:31 PM EST Jan 05, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky, —Prosecutors said a 4-year-old southern Indiana boy has a 30 percent chance for survival after being abused by his father.

Christopher Bruck, 27, appeared in front of a Clark County judge Monday on charges of aggravated battery and neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury.

According to court documents, the child suffered a severe head injury and had bruising all over his body.

An arrest affidavit said the injuries were consistent with being in a high-speed car collision.

Bruck was arrested Saturday after medical personnel notified Indiana State Police about suspected abuse.

According to investigators, Bruck admitted to getting upset and hitting the 4-year-old.

The force caused the child to fall backward and hit his head on the carpeted concrete floor.

Authorities said Bruck told them the child began tilting his head to the side and crying, then fell asleep on the bed.

An hour and a half passed before Bruck called 911.

Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said, “The investigation so far has determined that the child was simply trying to interact with the defendant while he was watching television. The defendant became irritated at that and this battery then occurred.”

Mull asked the judge for a high bond, saying Bruck was a danger to the community.

The boy is being treated at Kosair Children's Hospital.

Bruck is being held at the Clark County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond. He is expected back in court on Wednesday.

Mull said more charges could be filed.