Cops Blew Off 911 Call, Grieving Mom Says

CLEVELAND (CN) – The mother of a man who was beaten to death with a baseball bat and then thrown in the back of a pickup says a police dispatcher responded to a call about it by saying that police could not do anything without the license number, but to call if the assailants came back.

     Donna Maruschak says her son John was beaten to death on July 16, 2008. She claims defendant Cleveland Police Officer Donna Yousef took the call about it from one of the Maruschak’s neighbors, and “recklessly and wantonly responded that she could do nothing without a license plate number and that if the individuals returned to call the police. Defendant Donna Yousef then ended the call,” according to the complaint in Cuyahoga County Court.
     Maruschak says her son was beaten to death by defendants “Alex Wulff and/or Aaron Wulff and/or John Doe.” She says they dumped his body at Ansel Road and Wade Park, found him still alive, assaulted him again, then returned and took his body to their father’s property in Ashtabula, where they burned the body for 6 hours.
     Maruschak says the site of the original attack was half a mile from a Cleveland Police station.
     She demands punitive damages. She is represented by Ian Friedman and Joseph Delguyd.

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