A Florida woman has been accused of helping her son assault another boy at a middle school sports complex last week.
Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies said Ashley Ruffin allegedly held the victim while her son and others hit him and displayed a Taser during the fight.
She’s been charged with battery and child abuse, WESH reported.
The incident happened on Wednesday, the station said. A woman alerted the Indian Trails Middle School resource deputy that her son had been jumped by two other boys and that the mother of one of the assailants participated. She said the mother grabbed her son by the hair and arm, holding him while the two other boys beat him.
The resource deputy met with the suspects and the victim, who said he had been “sitting with his friends when two kids approached him. He said one of them started hitting him and he got up and pushed him to the ground, and then other boys started hitting him, and that’s when his friends started coming over to help him,” according to a report.
Other juvenile witnesses confirmed the victim’s report and said a parent grabbed him and held him while the other boys hit him. They also reported she brandished a Taser.
Deputies contacted the parents of the two alleged assailants. One of the was unaware of the incident. But when they attempted to contact Ruffin, her husband became angry and said he was going to call the sheriff’s office and “file a report about the fight” and that he would not allow his wife and son to speak with deputies.
Deputies eventually arrested Ashley Ruffin and took her to the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility.
The sheriff’s office said it had submitted battery charges for the juveniles involved in the fight to the State Attorney’s Office.
“There is zero excuse for an adult, especially a parent, to be physically involved in a juvenile dispute,” Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly said. “Kids need to have leadership from their parents and taught how to handle disputes properly. I doubt she will receive a mother of the year award.”
Ruffin was released on Thursday to await trial, according to jail records.
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[Featured image: Ashley Ruffin/Flagler County Sheriff’s Office]