Family: Child beaten by father dies

Family: Child beaten by father dies
Christopher Bruck (Source: Clark County, IN Jail)
Christopher Bruck (Source: Clark County, IN Jail)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A special needs child who had been hospitalized since he was allegedly beaten by his father has died.

Indiana State Police say Christopher Bruck, 27, of Underwood, IN, became upset with four-year-old Hayden Dukes on January 3 and hit him. During an interview earlier this week, Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said Bruck hit the child after becoming agitated while watching television.

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After giving state police several stories about how Hayden was injured, ISP said Bruck finally admitted to troopers what happened.

Hayden had been in Kosair Children's Hospital since the night he was injured. An autopsy will be done Jan. 9 at the Kentucky Medical Examiners Office in Louisville.

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Bruck is being held in the Clark County Jail. With the death of Hayden, state police say the case is now a death investigation. The current charges of aggravated battery and neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury could be upgraded.

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