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UPDATE: Gallia County woman gets life sentence for killing young daughter

Published: Jul. 23, 2020 at 10:52 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 8, 2021 at 5:50 PM EDT
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UPDATE: 4/8/21 5:45 P.M.

A Gallia County woman was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole for killing her 16-month-old daughter in July 2020.

Joyceann Louise Ruane, of Crown City, was sentenced in Gallia County Common Pleas Court by Judge Margaret Evans, Prosecuting Attorney Jason Holdren said in a news release.

Ruane, who formerly lived in Ashtabula County, Ohio, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder with a firearm specification and having weapons while under disability in December 2020. She was not allowed to have a gun after being convicted of attempted felonious assault in 2017 in Ashtabula County.

“It is unconscionable that a parent, who has a duty to care, nurture, and protect their children, would take the life of a helpless and innocent child,” Holdren said. “As community servants, there is nothing we can do to restore the life of this child. However, as your prosecutor, I am grateful that Ruane was convicted of her crimes and will serve the rest of her life behind bars.”

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The shooting happened at a home on Double Creek Road in Ohio Township. The girl died after being taken to a trauma center in Huntington, West Virginia.

Ruane told authorities that she put together a plan, got a gun and shot the girl after an argument with the girl’s father.

Sheriff Matt Champlin said the killing was the most “horrific and tragic” case of his law-enforcement career.

“It is simply unimaginable to grasp the reality that this parent possesses a level of pure evil to take the life of their young child as brutally as this mother did,” he said.

GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio - A Crown City, Ohio, woman is facing a life sentence after being convicted Thursday of killing her 16-month-old daughter in July, authorities said.

Joyceann Louise Ruane, 25, was convicted of aggravated murder with a firearms specification in Gallia County Common Pleas Court. She also was found guilty of having weapons while under disability.

Ruane is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 17. She faces a maximum sentenced of life in prison without parole for the aggravated murder conviction and three-year sentences for each of the remaining counts, Prosecuting Attorney Jason Holdren said.

The shooting happened on July 23 at a home on Double Creek Road in Ohio Township. The girl died after being taken to a trauma center in Huntington.

Ruane acknowledged that she put together a plan, got a gun and shot the girl after an argument with the girl’s father, authorities said.

GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ and WTAP) - UPDATE 7/24/20 5:40 P.M.

Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin says he believes the mother charged in connection with the shooting death of a 16 month old girl may be the same woman that was charged with stabbing an Ohio man in 2016.

According to a report published in the Star Beacon, Joyceann Ruane stabbed a man during a fight that happened between a man and her husband.

After being arrested, Ruane was sentenced to two years-probation and she also lost custody of her child.

On Friday Ruane was charged with aggravated murder in the wake of her daughter’s death.

The Gallia County Sheriff says she confessed to shooting the girl at a home in Gallia County.

Champlin says she had an active warrant for violating probation when she was arrested last week.

UPDATE:

A Gallia County mother is now facing an aggravated-murder charge in the shooting death of her 16-month old daughter.

Joyceann Louise Ruane, 25, of Crown City, Ohio, confessed to shooting the girl at a home on Double Creek Road in Ohio Township, according to Sheriff Matt Champlin and Prosecuting Attorney Jason Holdren,

The girl was taken to a trauma center in Huntington after the shooting, and she died Friday afternoon, Holden told WSAZ.

Ruane acknowledged that she developed a plan, got a gun and shot the girl after an argument with the girl’s father, authorities said.

UPDATE: 7/24/20 11 A.M.

A Gallia County mother has been charged with attempted aggravated murder after her 16-month-old daughter was shot Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Joyceann Louise Ruane, 25, of Crown City, Ohio, was taken into custody after the shooting at a home on Double Creek Road in Ohio Township, Sheriff Matt Champlin said, adding that charges against Ruane have been filed in Gallipolis Municipal Court.

The girl remained in critical condition Friday morning at a Huntington area trauma center, Champlin said.

“Currently, investigators with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to follow up on the investigation, and at this time, we have learned that the status of the child is still listed as in critical condition,” he said. “Our hearts are broken today as we continue to push forward and seek justice for this innocent and beautiful young child. I ask that you continue to pray for this little girl as well as our first responders who have worked and will continue to work this investigation.”

Deputies were called to the home about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, and Champlin said deputies “rendered immediate aid to the victim” before an EMS team got to the scene.

Crime scene technicians with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations have been assisting local authorities in the investigation, which Champlin said Friday remains “open and ongoing.”

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An infant was hospitalized in critical condition and one person was arrested after the child was shot Thursday afternoon in Gallia County, authorities said.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on Double Creek Road in Ohio Township about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

According to a news release from Sheriff Matt Champlin, deputies “rendered immediate aid to the victim” before an EMS team got to the scene.

The child was taken to a Huntington area trauma center,

Champlin’s office has not released any details about the shooting and has not identified the person who was arrested at scene.

Crime scene technicians with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations are assisting local authorities.