A Wisconsin couple, along with their 16-year-old son, were arrested in the death of a 7-year-old boy who was severely beaten and buried in the snow for not memorizing Bible verses.
According to the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office, Timothy Hauschultz and Tina Hauschultz their son were charged for the April 2018 death of Ethan Hauschultz. The medical examiners’ report showed Ethan died from hypothermia and blunt force trauma to the head, abdomen, and chest.
The couple is accused of dishing out sickening punishments to Ethan, including holding a 44-pound log for two hours every day for a week.
The punishments were typically given when the boy failed to memorize verses from the Bible, according to police reports.
More details of Ethan’s sickening punishments from AWM:
Timothy Hauschultz led the punishment. He ordered the little boy to pick up a large wooden log and carry it around the family’s property for hours as a punishment for failing to memorize passages from the Bible. The family had a path around their property and used it as a way to punish Ethan when he did not do his Christian duty of memorizing parts of the Bible after he was told to do so.
The log that Ethan was expected to carry weighed as much as forty-four pounds, which was much heavier than the little boy was able to carry by himself. Timothy may have been the one to dole out the punishment, but he made Ethan’s fifteen-year-old brother Damian Hauschultz supervise the punishment. Damian followed Timothy’s orders and would kick and hit Ethan when he slowed down or otherwise could not complete the task of carrying the heavy log around the family property.
Sometimes Damian would stand on Ethan’s back and push his face into the icy ground. Another report suggested that the fifteen-year-old enforcer also rolled the log across Ethan’s chest to make him suffer more.
According to authorities, Timothy, 48, is charged with felony murder and felony contributing to the delinquency of a child. Tina, 35, is charged with failing to prevent bodily harm and intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a child. Their 15-year-old son is also charged with first-degree reckless homicide.
After Ethan’s death, his twin and sister were immediately removed from the home by Child Protection Services.