The Independent reports:
Nearly one year on, police have filed charges in relation to the death of a seven-year-old Wisconsin boy who was buried alive in snow as a part of grueling punishment for not being able to recite 13 bible verses to his father’s satisfaction.
The death of Ethan Hauschultz has led to the arrest of three family members of the child, including his father, Timothy Hauschultz, and mother, Tina McKeever-Hauschultz. The Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office also arrested Ethan’s 15-year-old brother, who allegedly oversaw his younger brother’s torture in the hours leading up to his death.
Mr Hauschultz has been charged with felony murder, and five other charges. The mother has been charged with failing to prevent bodily harm, and intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a child. The 15-year-old brother has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide and six other charges.
Green Bay’s ABC affiliate reports:
According to the sheriff’s office, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Ethan died from hypothermia and blunt force injuries to his head, chest and abdomen. The sheriff’s office says Timothy Hauschultz ordered Ethan to carry the wooden log, which weighed about two-thirds of his own body weight, as a punishment. The teenage boy was supervising Ethan.
According to criminal complaints obtained by Action 2 News, Ethan and his siblings were put in the Hauschultzes’ care in 2017. The siblings told investigators Timothy Hauschultz frequently punishes them by making them walk laps around the yard carrying heavy logs, which he picks out. The children are allowed to put down the log and take a 5-second rest after each lap. The siblings said that week they were required to carry wood every day for two hours a day for not knowing their Bible verses.