MANITOWOC COUNTY, Wis. (TCD) -- A 17-year-old was sentenced to 20 years in prison this week for the April 2018 death of his 7-year-old relative, who was beaten and buried in the snow.
According to WLUK-TV, in June, Damian Hauschultz pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless homicide in Ethan Hauschultz’s death. Six other charges against him were dropped.
According to a criminal complaint cited by WLUK, Ethan was punished because he did not know 13 Bible verses well enough to satisfy his great-uncle Timothy Hauschultz. Timothy allegedly had Damian, who was 14 at the time, be in charge of Ethan’s punishment. Timothy allegedly ordered Ethan had to carry a log every day for a week for two hours.
Timothy will reportedly go on trial soon for murder as well as other felony and misdemeanor charges. WFRV-TV reports these charges include intent to contribute to the delinquency of a child - death - party to crime and physical abuse of a child with intention to cause bodily harm - party to crime.
Ethan’s case inspired legislation in Wisconsin called Ethan’s Law, which does not allow children to be placed with an adult who has been convicted of child abuse, pleaded no contest to abuse, or entered a plea bargain to a lesser charge.
Records show Damian is currently booked in the Manitowoc County Jail.