Another alleged child abuse case has erupted in New Jersey when a Randolph woman was charged with hitting a 9-year old with a frying pan.
Donna Ambrosio-Ruglio was charged with second-degree child endangerment, according to court records. An arrest warrant affidavit was filed in Randolph Municipal Court by Detective Cheryl Drinkard of the Morris County Prosecutor's Office.
NJ.com reports the boy told the detective he had dropped a bagel and cream cheese onto the floor, and when a dog began eating the cream cheese, Ambrosio-Ruglio said the cream cheese was going to "kill the dog." Ambrosio-Ruglio then hit the boy over the head with the frying pan and punched him in the back, according to the affidavit.
The woman allegedly told the boy he was stupid but the abuse stopped when he left the room, according to the affidavit. A criminal complaint says the frying pan blow left an abrasion on the boy's head and bruising was visible on his back.
The Daily Record reports the suspect was brought Wednesday night to the Morris County jail upon her arrest, with bail set at $75,000 on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child. For now, she cannot have any contact with the boy.
The boy said Ambrosio-Ruglio had done things like this "over a thousand times" and he hadn't spoke about it because he wanted to forget about it, "but this time he had to because it was 'the most serious,'" Drinkard said in her affidavit.
On January 26, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that slapping a teenager was not a case of child neglect or abuse.
An Associated Press report on Philly.com says it is not immediately clear whether Ambrosio-Ruglio has retained an attorney.