Mom pulls daughter’s hair so hard it separates scalp from skull because 6-year-old couldn’t count to 12


Brittany Ruck

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CONWAY, Penn. — A mother is facing charges after authorities say she abused her daughter by violently pulling her hair, WPXI reports.

Officers were first alerted to the cause on Aug. 31 when hospital officials reported they were treating a 6-year-old girl with a head injury.

The injury was described as a separation of the victims scalp from her skull. This caused a void between the scalp and skull that filled with blood.

Doctors told police the injuries were likely the result of violent hair pulling and an impact to her left ear.

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

The child told police 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,” Officer Mike Priolo told WPXI.


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

Ruck has three children and they have been placed with other family members.

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