MANITOWOC COUNTY, WISCONSIN — A teenager and two adults have been charged in the murder of a 7-year-old boy. The child, Ethan Hauschultz, was reportedly being punished for failing to memorize bible verses — a punishment so brutal that it ultimately led to his death.
According to a local Fox affiliate, Timothy Hauschultz, 48, is charged with felony murder along with five other charges. Tina McKeever-Hauschultz, 35, is charged with failing to prevent bodily harm, and intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a child. The couple’s 15-year-old son, Damian Hauschultz, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide and six other charges.
Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office investigators determined earlier on April 20, Ethan had been performing a punishment ordered by Timothy Hauschultz. It required Ethan to carry a heavy wooden log weighing approximately two-thirds his body weight. All the while, the 7-year-old boy was being monitoring by Timothy Hauschultz’s teenage son, Damian. The sheriff said in a news release, over the course of about one-and-a-half hours, the teen hit, kicked, struck and poked Ethan numerous times. The sheriff said the teen repeatedly shoved Ethan to the ground and rolled the heavy log across Ethan’s chest. The teen allegedly stood on the 7-year-old’s body and head while Ethan was face down in a puddle. The release says the teen ultimately buried Ethan completely in snow.
Ethan’s twin was also reportedly ordered to undergo the same punishment and was repeatedly struck by Damien.
Speaking to police, Damien said Ethan was punished for failing to remember 13 bible versus according to Timothy’s standards.
Ethan died of hypothermia, but had extensive other injuries which included blunt force injuries to his head, chest and abdomen, and a rib fracture.
Reports identify Timothy and Tina Hauschultz as Ethan’s “court-appointed guardian,” but it’s not known if they’re his actual parents.
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