A young boy died after he was allegedly buried by his legal guardians for not being able to recite passages from the Bible.
Ethan Hauschultz was said to have been abused badly in the weeks up to his death, including being made to hold a 44lb log for two hours every day for a week.
His legal guardians Timothy and Tina Hauschultz are alleged to have buried him in a ‘little coffin of snow’ because he failed to memorise 13 biblical verses, police said.
Their teenage son, 15, is also reported to have been involved in the torture, kicking and punching him 100 times, standing on his head while he was face-down in a puddle and rolling a heavy log over him.
He told police that he had been put in charge of looking after Ethan and his twin.
They were both punished for not memorising the passages that had been chosen by Timothy. Ethan died of hypothermia and blunt force trauma across his body in Wisconsin in April last year.
His birth mother Andrea Everett said: ‘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.
‘I want justice for my son, and the person responsible should go to jail for a very long time.’
Timothy Hauschultz was charged with murder while Tina was charged with failing to protect Ethan.
Both are facing allegations that they allowed the teenager, who has been charged withfirst-degree reckless homicide, to get out of control.