Two adults and a teenager appeared in court for the first time Monday following a months-long investigation into the heartbreaking death of a 7-year-old in their care last spring.
Ethan Hauschultz was taken to the Holy Family Memorial Medical Center in Wisconsin in April, unresponsive with “an extremely low body temperature and…multiple bruises and injuries on his body,” according to the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office.
He was pronounced dead just after 9 p.m. that night from hypothermia and blunt force injuries to his head, chest and abdomen, according to the medical examiner’s office.
According to investigators, Timothy Hauschultz, his court-appointed guardian, had ordered Ethan to carry a wooden log, weighing about two-thirds of his body weight, for between 60 and 90 minutes while Damian, Hauschultz’s 15-year-old son, hit, kicked, struck and poked the boy, as well as rolled the log across Ethan’s chest and stood on his head and body while he was lying face-down in a puddle.
Damian then allegedly buried Ethan in snow.
According to criminal complaints obtained by Action 2 News, Ethan and his siblings were frequently punished with the log, forced to carry the wood for two hours a day because they didn’t know their Bible verses.
Damian described burying Ethan as “his own little coffin of snow” when asked by investigators, according to the report.
Damian was charged with first-degree reckless homicide, physical abuse of a child intentionally causing bodily harm, and substantial battery. He is being held on a $150,000 bond at the Sheboygan County Juvenile Detention Center, a judge ruled Monday.
Timothy Hauschultz was charged with being party to the crimes of felony murder, intent to contribute to the delinquency of a child resulting in death, physical abuse of a child intentionally causing bodily harm, and misdemeanor battery. His bail was set at $100,000.
“Never in Mr. Hauschultz’ wild imagination would what happened ever happen,” his lawyer told ABC 2.
Tina Hauschultz was charged with being party to the crimes of contributing to the delinquency of a child resulting in death and failing to act to prevent bodily harm to a child. She’s being held on a $75,000 bond.
I’m making some space here to remember and care about this precious little boy who was completely failed and terrorized by those meant to protect and love him.
“Ethan Hauschultz was beaten,… https://t.co/WDGgyhYHCD
— Guggie Daly (@TheGuggieDaily) February 3, 2019