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Baseball bat beating in Metro Detroit hits close to home

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Rose Trahan Cipriano is originally from Bay City Rose Trahan Cipriano is originally from Bay City

One man is dead and his wife and child are seriously injured after being attacked with a baseball bat.

But more disturbing, the couple's son and two others are accused of the gruesome beating.

Tonight, we're learning more about the story out of Metro-Detroit that's getting worldwide attention, including details about the family's ties to Mid-Michigan.

The boy's mother was a stand-out athlete at the high school and college level. But now, she has the toughest challenge of her life.

Police say the woman who grew up in Bay City is recovering from being severely beaten by a baseball bat.

Yellow tape marked off the scene of gruesome attacks this morning in Farmington Hills. Police are still trying to piece together just exactly what happened.

Nineteen-year-old Tucker Cipriano is in jail, accused of playing a role in the baseball bat beating death of his father, Bob Cipriano, and severely beating his mother and his 17-year-old brother.

Rose Trahan Cipriano is originally from Bay City.

She graduated from Bay City Central where she was the homecoming queen and a record-setting swimmer. She went on to swim at Central Michigan University.

Rose is a member of the CMU Athletic Hall of Fame and she was also inducted to the Bay County Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

O.J. Cunningham, president of Bay County Sports Hall of Fame, remembers her induction ceremony. "We had a full crowd, she had her full family here, and as I remember it, her speech was very moving and she was very sincere about accepting it, she was happy to be here," says Cunningham.

Tonight, she is fighting for her life, in critical condition at a Detroit area hospital.

And the question remains why Tucker Cipriano would attack the couple who adopted him as their own. Police say Tucker has recently been released from jail on a drug charge and they believe he and two other suspects broke into his family's home looking for money.

Rose Trahan Cipriano coached swimming for five years at both T.L. Handy and Essexville Garber. Her husband, Robert Cipriano, was business services director for Dearborn Public Schools.

At last check, she and her son were both listed in critical condition. There were also two other children in the home at the time of the attacks, but they were not injured.

Meanwhile, a probation agent has been suspended after the man he was assigned to monitor was arrested in connection to the baseball bat attack. 

The Detroit Free Press says that state Corrections officials suspended the unnamed agent who'd been supervising Tucker Cipriano.

The newspaper cites court records showing Cipriano failed to attend a meeting and last reported March 15. He'd been ordered to report twice each month after being placed on probation in February for drug convictions.

Copyright WNEM 2012 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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