Adoptive Parents Accused Of Starving Son, 8, To Weigh Just 35 Pounds

Wed, November 7, 2012 2:53pm EST by 1 Comment
MN Couple Starves Son
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So sad. Mona and Russel Hauer were charged with six felonies after their son, 8, was found nearly starved to death. The parents allegedly only fed him liquids and put an alarm on his door so he wouldn’t steal food.

Mona and Russel Hauer are facing six felony charges, including neglect and malicious punishment of a child after their adoptive son, 8, was treated at the Mayo Clinic in North Mankato, Minn. for severe malnourishment. He arrived at the hospital weighing just 35 pounds — as much as an average 4-year-old.

The couple allegedly starved their son by feeding him only liquids, and put an alarm on his door so he wouldn’t try and steal food.

Authorities also report they beat him with a broom handle and made him sleep in a sled in the basement because he wet the bed, the Associated Press is reporting.

Mona brought the boy to the hospital and said he was vomiting blood and had “eating issues.” Upon seeing the boy’s condition, a complaint was filed stating he was, “very thin, his bones were protruding, and his abdomen was distended.”

He was transferred to Rochester, Minn. where he was found to have a slow heartbeat, anemia, brain atrophy, and delayed bone growth due to malnutrition, according to the complaint.

The boy, who was home schooled along with all of his siblings, weighed just 34.8 pounds at 3 feet, 5 inches tall — the average weight of a 4-year-old.

He told officials his parents made him sit at the table watch the rest of the family ate solid food while he was forced to drink a liquid diet. He also said he was so hungry at times, he ate dirty food from a compost site. He told doctors he regurgitated his food “because he wanted the taste of food and he did not know when he would eat again,” the complaint said.

Such a tragedy. We hope the boy gets healthy soon, and that justice is served in the case.

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