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UPDATE: Family member says child allegedly beaten by Clark County father suffered brain injury

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Christopher Bruck (Source: Clark County Detention Center) Christopher Bruck (Source: Clark County Detention Center)
Christopher Bruck appears in arraignment court Monday Jan. 5, 2014. Christopher Bruck appears in arraignment court Monday Jan. 5, 2014.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A woman who says she is the aunt of a 4-year-old boy allegedly beaten by his own father says he is suffering from severe brain damage and may not survive. 

Authorities arrested Christopher Bruck, 27, of Underwood, Indiana on Saturday, after police say he abused his 4-year-old son. Police say the abuse happened at Bruck's home, which is in the 20000 block of Campbell Street in Underwood.

Officers with the Indiana State Police at Sellersburg responded to Kosair Children's Hospital to investigate the child's injuries. The child was transferred there, after initially being taken to the Scott County Hospital in Scott County, Indiana. Officials say a doctor at the Scott County Hospital contacted police after examining the child's injuries.

Police say Bruck told them during an interview at Kosair that he became upset with his son and struck him.

On Monday, WDRB was contacted by a woman who says she is the boy's aunt. She told us he is suffering a severe brain injury, his heart is not beating on its own, he is currently in a coma, and that doctors fear he may be brain dead. She asked that viewers pray for the child.

She also provided the image of the child at right. We have blurred the boy's face to protect his identity.

Christopher Bruck arraigned

Authorities transported Bruck to the Clark County Jail. He was charged with aggravated battery. He appeared in court Monday afternoon, where a judge set his bond at $100,000.

When walking into court, defendant Christopher Bruck told media "I'm pleading not guilty."

Prosecutor Jeremy Mull says the little boy only has a 30 percent chance of living.

"The investigation so far has yielded that the fact that the child was simply trying to interact with this defendant while he was watching television, that the defendant became irritated at that and this battery then occurred," Mull said.

Prosecutor Jeremy Mull says the allegations against Bruck are serious and he may file more serious charges if the boy's condition changes.

"I will review over the next day what the appropriate charges to be filed are and decide on what levels of charges those are going to be under Indiana law," Mull explained.

According to documents, the four-year-old boy received head injuries.

"That battery did result in severe injury to that child which necessitated surgery," Mull said. "As I stated in court, from information I've obtained, the child only has a 30% chance of survival."

It's believed Bruck and his son live in Underwood, Indiana, which is where the attack allegedly happened.

A Clark County judge set a $100,000 cash only bond for Bruck at Prosecutor Mull's request.

"It was my belief that this defendant did not need to be released from jail," Mull said. "[He] Needed to be kept in jail for the protection on the community."

Mull says this is an especially disturbing case.

"Certainly when you have a child victim, it's a case that causes you more emotional involvement with a case and this is unquestionably a very sad situation for a child to be injured in this way," said Mull.

His hearing will be on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 1:30 p.m. in Clark County. He'll be given a public defender.

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