- Ashley Ruffin is accused of helping two minors, including her son, beat another child.
- She faces a child abuse charge, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said.
- In a tearful Facebook Live video, she criticized the “one-sided” media coverage of the altercation.
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A Florida mother faces criminal charges for allegedly helping two minors, including her son, beat up another child, Newsweek reported.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FSCO) on Wednesday arrested Ashley Ruffin, 31, on child abuse and mischief charges. She spent the night in Sheriff’s Perry Hall Detention Center near Palm Coast, Florida.
The charges stem from an incident on September 8 when FCSO’s Indian Trails Middle School (ITMS) resource assistant was approached by a motorist who alleged that his son was “jumped” by two young men and one of the boy’s mothers.
The motorist claimed that the mother, Ruffin, also assaulted her son, according to a statement from FSCO. She alleged that Ruffin grabbed her son’s hair and arm while the two miners beat him, the statement said.
The victim of the assault told FSCO’s deputy minister of resources he was sitting with his friends when he was approached by two children who started hitting him before pushing him to the ground, according to the report of FSCO. He also claimed that Ruffin had caught and held him while the boys continued to beat him, according to the report.
According to other teenage witnesses, an adult female grabbed the victim and allowed the other boys to continue the assault.
“There is no excuse for an adult, especially a parent, to be physically involved in juvenile conflict,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “Children need to have the leadership of their parents and learn to handle disputes properly. I doubt she will receive the mother of the year award. “
On Friday, Ruffin went live on Facebook to “tell her story” about the incident.
“It’s such a one-sided and one-sided story,” she said in tears. “I am in so much pain because I would never hurt a child and had to spend an unworthy night in jail away from my newborn baby, my three boys, and it is so bad. “
Ruffin claimed his 12-year-old son was attacked by another student last week after a basketball game. She went on to say that she had seen a video of her son having his “ass fucked”.
A week later, Ruffin said, her husband went to the school to try to resolve the situation, but claimed administrators had done nothing. Instead of filing a complaint, Ruffin said she wanted to strike up a conversation with the boy’s family.
On Wednesday, the day of the incident, Ruffin said his son was surrounded by a crowd of 10 to 15 middle school students who were all shouting “fight” when he arrived at the school’s sports complex. The mother claims she was there to keep her son away from the altercation.
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