Man arrested in beating of young son, child’s mother

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Police arrested a 31-year-old man Friday accused of beating and strangling his 3-year-old son and the child’s mother to the point of unconsciousness earlier in the day.

Jessie Ruffin was taken into custody at his father’s house in the 19700 block of Beaconsfield, police said Friday afternoon.

According to police, around 10:15 a.m. in the 8800 block of Dawes, Ruffin allegedly beat and strangled the 28-year-old mother of his son before assaulting the boy. The woman told police that she lost consciousness and when she came to called a friend who contacted police.

Ruffin fled the location before he was later arrested.

The woman is in stable condition and the child is in temporary serious condition at a local hospital, police said. Both are expected to recover.

Police said that Ruffin’s alleged assault on the woman and child was the result of an argument. It is unknown why the two were arguing, police said. Ruffin has a history of assault.

“Those actions will not be tolerated,” said Lt. Franklin Hayes of the Detroit Police Department. “...To assault a 3-year-old, it’s heartbreaking.”

The woman’s three other children — who are 9-months-old, 7-years-old and 9-years-old — witnessed the alleged assault, police said. There were no signs that those children were harmed, however they were evaluated as a precaution, police said.

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