Damian Hauschultz, 15, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of Ethan Hauschultz, 7. He had cash bail set at $150,000 Monday. The Herald Times Reporter says bail for Timothy Hauschultz was set at $100,000 and for Tina McKeever-Hauschultz at $75,000. They were Ethan’s court-appointed guardians.
Sheriff's investigators say, over the course of an hour or an hour-and-a-half, Ethan was hit, kicked, poked, repeatedly shoved to the ground, and a heavy log was rolled across his chest by Damian Hauschultz, who was 14 at the time. The older boy "stood on (Ethan's) body and head while Ethan was face-down in a puddle. He ultimately buried Ethan completely in snow."
Ethan was rushed to the hospital, where he died, despite life-saving efforts by medical staff.
Ethan and his siblings were put into the Hauschultz home in 2017. The siblings told police that Timothy Hauschultz would often punish them by making them walk laps around the yard carrying heavy logs. The siblings said that the week of Ethan's death, they had to carry wood for two hours a day for not knowing their Bible verses.
Damian Hauschultz told police he was angry because the younger children were dropping the wood every five minutes. When Ethan became unresponsive, he said he thought the boy was just resisting, so he buried Ethan under packed snow and ice.
Investigators asked Damian Hauschultz how much snow was covering Ethan. The teen replied by saying Ethan "was in his own little coffin of snow." He then laughed, according to a criminal complaint.
Damian Hauschultz told investigators that his home had become "boring" after Ethan came to live with them and he was angry that they took the fun out of his life.