Police: Mother’s story of child being pistol-whipped false
A Ladson woman who said her baby was pistol-whipped during a robbery made up the story, according to police who arrested her.
There was no gun and the child was never hit, according to the arrest warrant affidavit from Goose Creek police.
Also, the woman confessed that she was trying to sell an iPad she stole when she was working as an escort, according to the affidavit.
Karsen Ruffin, 19, of College Park Road, was charged Thursday with filing a false police report, a felony that carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Ruffin and a female friend met two men in a Dollar General parking lot Monday night to sell the iPad. One of the men made off with the device. Ruffin called police, saying the man who took her iPad also hit her 11-month son in the face and head with a gun.
She had EMS take the baby to Medical University Hospital for a head scan because she said he might be having a seizure, according to the incident report.
Officers said they found inconsistencies with her story, as well as her friend’s, and turned the case over to criminal investigators.
Ruffin’s friend later told police there was no gun and the baby was never hit, according to the affidavit. Ruffin “purposely lied about those facts in order to heighten police response,” her friend told investigators.
Ruffin changed her story under questioning. She told investigators and signed a statement that she stole the iPad a few days earlier from a client when she was working as an escort, according to the affidavit.
Investigators were trying to determine the status of the stolen iPad, and more charges were possible, Goose Creek Police Capt. John Grainger said.
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NOTE: An earlier version of this story linked Grainger with the wrong law-enforcement agency.