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Oswego family speaks out about sister's attack

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Oswego family speaks out about sister's attack
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An Oswego woman remains in a Syracuse hospital after police say she was beaten and robbed during a drug deal. Our Candace Hopkins spoke with the victim's family, who are now searching for answers.

OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Just one day after Kim Ellingwood, 49, was robbed and severely beaten on Sixth Street in Oswego, Ellingwood's sister, Kathleen Ruggio, is struggling to understand the reasons behind the vicious attack.

"We're just trying to wrap our minds around the fact that guys that are 20 and 21, that are younger than my children, could do such a violent, terrible thing," Ruggio said.

The assault happened after police say three men offered to sell Ellingwood marijuana, but instead attacked her and stole her cash. They say a fourth suspect then tried to make it look like Ellingwood was hurt in a crash.

The mother of five's injuries were so severe, she is now on life support and Ruggio says she faces a painful road ahead.

"She has several more surgeries to go and they can't even start to think about the future surgeries for the multiple fractures in her face until some of the swelling goes down" Ruggio said.

Police say after the assault, Ellingwood was found here in the street and that's one thing her family finds most disturbing about this brutal attack.

"To bring someone to within an inch of their death and leave them, just laying in the road and not try to get help for them," said Ruggio.

Gregory Pasiak, 21, Wayne Parker, 20, and Shane Hartmann, 21, are all charged with first degree assault and robbery and Shandelle Tetro, 20, is charged with hindering prosecution and falsely reporting an incident.

Oswego Police Captain Mike Beckwith says this attack is just one example of the dangers attached to the sale of drugs.

"This is an unfortunate and tragic example, but none the less, a perfect example of the side effect of having drug activity in your community," Beckwith said.

Ellingwood remains at Upstate Medical University and in the meantime, her family vows to fight for justice.

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