Boy adopted by Mona and Russell Hauer

8 year old boy adopted along with 2 siblings was beaten and fed a liquid only diet by Russell and Mona Hauer. He weighed 35 lbs, the size of a 4 year old. His bones were protruding and he had a swollen belly. Prior to adoption, the Hauers were advised he had suffered trauma and should be provided therapy. He was normal weight at that time. Less than 2 months outside the home, the boy had gained 15 lbs and 2 inches in height.
Date: 2012-11-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes


Organizations: likely Nicollet County Social Services or Le Sueur County Human Services


North Mankato, Minnesota
United States
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Minnesota couple accused of starving son enter plea2013-10-21
Trials set for parents accused of starving child2013-09-01
Child abuse decision appealed2013-09-01
Nicollet County judge terminates parental rights of couple accused of starving their son2013-04-18
Judge ends parents' rights in MN starved boy case2013-04-18
State revokes Hauers' child foster care license2013-01-13
Mona Hauer: Child always had eating problem2013-01-12
Investigators testify child treated as the family demon2013-01-07
Couple accused of starving son retains custody of other children2012-11-30
North Mankato Couple Fights to Keep 8-Year-Old Son2012-11-09
Minnesota Officials: Starving Of Boy ‘Egregious’2012-11-08
North Mankato parents charged with felony neglect of son2012-11-06
Mona and Russell Hauer, Minn. parents, accused of starving 8-year-old adopted son2012-11-06
North Mankato parents who withheld food from 8-year old charged with neglect2012-11-06
N. Mankato parents charged with starving child2012-11-05
Minnesota couple accused of starving, abusing adopted son; 8-year-old is malnourished2012-11-05
Couple charged with neglect of adopted boy2012-11-05
Complaint: Starved 8-Year-Old Weighed 34.8 Lbs2012-11-05
Charges: Couple Starved Boy, 8, Down To 35 Lbs.2012-11-05
Update: Parents charged with six felonies in abuse and neglect of 8 year old2012-11-05
Hauers plead not guilty to child abuse, neglect charges2012-01-02

Parents plead guilty,


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