A seven year-old boy identified as Ethan Hauschultz was allegedly buried alive by his own parents for not knowing the Bible.
It was reported that the boy was buried in ‘his own little coffin of snow’ while in the care of court-appointed guardians Timothy and Tina Hauschultz.
The couple are accused of dishing out sickening punishments to Ethan, including holding a 44-pound log for two hours every day for a week.
The punishments were typically given when the boy failed to memorise versus from the Bible, according to police reports.
Timothy and Tina Hauschultz’s 15-year-old son is also alleged to have tortured the youngster, according to Newsweek,
On one occasion, it is claimed he kicked and punched him at least 100 times, rolled a heavy log over his body and stood on his head while he was face-down in a puddle.
Medical reports show Ethan died in April last year from hypothermia and blunt force trauma to the head, abdomen and chest, and a fractured rib.
It is not known exactly how the Hauschultzs are related to Ethan, but they are listed as his legal guardians, reports the Mail.
The couple’s teenage son has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide, while Timothy, 48, has been charged with felony murder and felony contributing to the delinquency of a child.
Tina, 35, is charged with failing to prevent bodily harm and intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a child.
The 15-year-old boy told police that he was in charge of supervising Ethan and his twin, who were allegedly both being punished by carrying logs after failing to recite 13 Bible verses of Timothy’s choosing.
All three defendants are due to make their first court appearance today.