In October of 2018, 7-year-old Ethan Hauschultz (below) was found unresponsive — dead — in a relative’s home in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Law enforcement officials said the death was “suspicious” but didn’t say much more than that at the time.
We later found out what happened and the details were horrifying.
Before Ethan died, he was “forced to carry a 44-pound log” outside his home on a pre-determined path. Along the way, Ethan’s 14-year-old cousin Damian Hauschultz physically abused him with a belt or stick.
Damian rolled the heavy log across Ethan’s chest, stood on him while Ethan was face down in a puddle, and then burying him in a snowbank for more than 20 minutes without a coat or boots on.
Ethan eventually died of hypothermia, but those other injuries were extensive.
All of this abuse occurred, we learned, because Ethan didn’t memorize a set of 13 Bible verses.
Timothy Hauschultz (Ethan’s legal guardian) ordered his son Damian to administer the punishment to Ethan. It was only when Ethan became unresponsive that Damian alerted the adults.
It was a child’s death, courtesy of people who loved the Bible more than they loved kids.
Now, after nearly three years, there’s finally some justice.
Damian Hauschultz, now 17, was sentenced to 20 years in state prison along with another 10 years of extended supervision after pleading guilty to first-degree reckless homicide. (He faced a maximum of 40 years behind bars and 20 years of supervision.)
Damian Hauschultz told investigators he was frustrated because the younger boys were dropping the wood every 5 minutes. When Ethan became unresponsive, he thought the boy was just resisting, so he buried him under packed snow and ice.
Investigators asked Damian how much snow was covering Ethan. Damian replied by saying Ethan “was in his own little coffin of snow.” He then laughed, according to a criminal complaint.
The crime inspired State Sen. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere) to author Ethan’s Law. The legislation is aimed at protecting children from being placed with known abusers. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Tony Evers.
In case you’re wondering, Damian’s parents aren’t off the hook.
Tina McKeever-Hauschultz, 38, pleaded “no contest” to felony counts of Fail/Prevent Mental Harm to Child and Child Abuse-Fail/Prevent Great Harm. She was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison.
Timothy Hauschultz, 50, is charged with Felony Murder, Child Abuse, Battery and Contribute to Delinquency (Death)…
It’s just a whole family full of Christian monsters.
These people may be anomalies, but what’s not surprising is the idea that memorizing Bible verses matters far more than putting those verses into practice. It’s a reminder that pushing the Bible on kids in any sort of way, even in an extreme case like this, is useless. What matters is teaching ethics and values — which these people clearly never did.
(Thanks to Bob for the link. Portions of this article were published earlier)