MANITOWOC, Wis. (WLUK) -- A 7-year-old boy was beaten, forced to carry around a 44-pound log and was buried in the snow before he died last year.
Now, a 15-year-old boy and two adults have been charged with the murder of Ethan Hauschultz.
Damian Hauschultz, 15, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide and six other charges. Although he is 15, in Wisconsin, juveniles charged with certain homicide counts are handled in adult court.
Damian’s father, Timothy Hauschultz, 48, is charged with felony murder and five other charges.
Tina McKeever-Hauschultz, 35, is charged with failing to prevent bodily harm, and intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a child.
All three are expected to make initial court appearances Monday in Manitowoc County court.
According to the criminal complaint:
In an interview with police, Damian stated he “didn’t do anything that would have hurt” Ethan. He estimated he hit Ethan 100 times. He also admitted to covering Ethan in snow, but knew Ethan had to breathe. He described Ethan as being covered “in his own little coffin of snow,” according to the complaint. The punishment was directed to be carried out by his father, Timothy, Damian said.
Damian said he had to carry wood for not knowing 13 Bible verses to Timothy’s satisfaction. The punishment was one week of carrying wood for two hours per day. Timothy picked out the logs, but Damian had to supervise the punishment for the younger children.
Timothy told police the log walking was a form of discipline, but he was not home when the incident happened with Ethan. Damian had called him twice because Ethan wasn’t moving.
Tina was not quoted in the complaint. One of Ethan’s siblings said she is aware that Timothy uses this form of discipline.