Memorial honors child who died after being hit by father

Memorial honors child who died after being hit by father
Christopher Bruck (Source: Clark County, IN Jail)
Christopher Bruck (Source: Clark County, IN Jail)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Loved ones gathered Sunday to remember a little boy who died after police say his father beat him.

Amanda Dukes, mother of 4-year-old Hayden, said, "He had a smile that lit up the entire room."

Hayden passed away on Thursday at Kosair Children's Hospital.

Police say Hayden was visiting his father, Christopher Bruck, in Underwood, Indiana, when Bruck hit the child because he was annoying him as he tried to watch television.

Family and friends came together for a memorial service at the Sun Valley Community Center in Louisville to honor his life and raise awareness of child abuse.

Hayden's mother said it was the first time the special needs child had stayed with his father. She said she never imagined that her son wouldn't come home after visiting Bruck.

Officials are awaiting further test results before they determine Hayden's cause of death.

The Clark County prosecutor says he is reviewing the case to see if additional charges will be filed.

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