Ross Grand Jury on Child Abuse, Shooting, Unsanitary Home

The Ross County Grand Jury returned all 20 of their cases Friday, with 10 open.  

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The case of a child suspected of five years of abuse was part of the Grand Jury. 

According to the Ross County Prosecutor's Office, the original secret indictments were re-presented as open indictments to expand the time frame for the case of the now-12-year-old child. 

The child's biological father, 32-year-old Michael Purdue of Pleasant Valley Road, and his girlfriend, 34-year-old Brandi Hollis of Camelin Hill Road, are the subject of three indictments for felonious assault and child endangering, on Swaney Road near Yellowbud. 

They are accused of shooting the child with a BB-gun, shocking the child with a cattle prod, forcing the child to run around in the yard until exhausted, and and to pull weeds until the child's hands bled. 

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A man shot in the head remains hospitalized while his accused shooter has been indicted. 

According to the Ross County Prosecutor's Office, two men were visiting a residence on Toad Hollow Road November 8th.  

As they were preparing to drive away, the 37-year-old driver later told a Ross County Sheriff's deputy that neighboring 28-year-old Rickie A. Hughes, Jr. approached him and accused him of helping to get Hughes arrested on meth charges in Circleville recently. 

After the driver said Hughes pointed a gun at him and cocked it, he sped off but saw Hughes standing in the middle of the road, and then felt something graze his cheek. He said he turned to see his passenger had been hit in the back of the head. 

The shooting victim remains on life support at Grant Medical Center in Columbus. 

For two indictments on felonious assault with gun specifications, Hughes could get up to eight years and $15,000 in fines. 

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A domestic call led to children removed from unsanitary conditions. 

According to the Ross County Prosecutor's Office, on September 19th a Ross County Sheriff's deputy responded to a mobile home on Stone Road.  

He described unsanitary conditions so bad he almost vomited when he entered, with dogs feces everywhere and uncountable insects crawling about. 

There was also little food in the home, and a 10- and 13-year-old child told social services that they how little they ate.  They are now in the custody of their biological father, instead of resident Rikki Abrams. 

36-year-old Raymond and Samie Detty were indicted for felony endangering children, and could get up to 18 months and $5,000 in fines each. 


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