Thursday, October 16, 2014

Child Abuse / Aggravated Child Abuse / Endangering Child Welfare / Mom Pulls Kid's Hair and Rips Scalp / Epic Parenting FAIL! / Michael A. Haber, Esq. **ARRESTED / **305DUI

Anyone can have (or help to have) a kid; but being a hand's on parent is not an easy job by any standard.  Anyone who has done it can aver that parenthood spawns emotions which run the spectrum from extreme happiness to extreme frustration.  This is a natural part of parenthood.  What defines you, as a parent, is how you deal with some of those moments.  In this case, 25 y/o Brittany Ruck had an Epic Parenting FAIL!... and she's got a $50,000.00 bond on aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child charges to prove it.

Brittany and her husband have 3 kids, the oldest of which is their unnamed 6 y/o daughter (the kid on the right in the pic below), who is the subject of the assault and abuse charges.  Presently the two younger kids (left and center) have been placed by Child Protective Services with other family members. 

According to the child, her mother had asked her to count to 12 but, as she only has 10 fingers she was unable to pass the number 10.  In an effort to remove the child from the chair that she was sitting in and to then re-position her into the corner, Brittany is alleged to have lifted her 6 y/o daughter out of the chair by pulling on her hair.  According to medical staff at Children's Hospital the 6 y/o was pulled so hard that "the girl's scalp was separated from her skull and blood [had] pooled around the girl's eyes".

That the injuries are severe is beyond question, and if the child's version of events is accurate then the reaction is, well, tragic.  The silver lining, if there is one, is that this is the perfect case for creative lawyering.  

One of the things that I take pride in as a criminal defense litigator is that when "beating" a case is not a reasonably foreseeable outcome, I strive to think outside of the box, i.e. to come up with creative alternatives to bring to the State and the Court to help my client and to satisfy the demands of justice.

I am hopeful that Brittany is an otherwise "good" (caring and loving) parent who just happened to have had a {really} bad moment.  If this is the case then I am hopeful that she is both self-aware and amenable to bettering herself, as a parent.  I am further hopeful that she has a creative, diligent and zealous criminal defense lawyer who will retain the right experts, find viable options and be persuasive in discussions with the State and / or the Court.  If this is the case then I am hopeful that State and the Court can and will see beyond the tragedy and find it just, fair and appropriate to dispose of this case with an eye toward education, rehabilitation and reunification. 

What has been done cannot be undone; but the future remains unscripted.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” (~ A. Einstein)

"Creative defense lawyering demands the skilled use of imagination." (~ M. A. Haber, Esq.)

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