Three people have been arrested for the death of a 7-year-old boy after they allegedly punished him for failing to memorize a list of Bible verses.
According to Fox News, 7-year-old Ethan was in Timothy and Tina Hauschultz care when they, along with their 15-year-old son, forced him to hold a log weighing nearly 50 pounds for two hours every day for a week.
The Medical Examiner determined that the 15-year-old hit and kicked Ethan around 100 times and put Ethan’s head in a puddle before rolling the 44-pound log on his chest and standing on his head and body. The teen then buried Ethan under a pile of snow causing him to die from hypothermia and blunt force trauma in April of 2018.
Fox News reports that the 15-year-old confessed to police that he was tasked with overseeing Ethan and his twin brother’s punishments. Reportedly, both children were undergoing this cruel treatment because they were unable to memorize 13 Bible verses selected by Timothy.
The relationship between the Ethan and the Hauschultz is not known at this time, but Ethan and two of his siblings, including his twin, were placed under the guardianship of the Hauschultz by court-appointment.
As the incident was unfolding, Ethan’s birth mother, Andrea Everett, was called to the scene, and upon arriving she learned that her son was dead.
She told Fox News, “When I got there Ethan did not have a heartbeat and his temperature was 23 degrees. They worked on him for five hours, giving him CPR the entire time, and still couldn’t get a heartbeat. There was no brain activity.”
Everett is seeking justice for the death of her son.
Timothy Hauschultz, 48, has been charged with felony murder and felony contributing to the delinquency of a child. Tina Hauschultz, 35, has been charged with failing to prevent bodily harm and intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a child. The 15-year-old has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide and he and his father face several additional charges.
The Hauschultzs are set to appear in court on Monday for their first appearance since their arrests, Fox New notes.
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