Minnesota couple accused of starving 8-year-old keep custody of other children


A Nicollet County judge Friday ruled that a North Mankato couple accused of starving their adopted 8-year-old son will temporarily retain parental rights of their three other children, KARE-TV reported.

Russell and Mona Hauer were charged last month with six felonies, including neglect after they brought the boy into the doctor because he vomiting blood, according to a criminal complaint.

The complaint alleged the boy was just under 35 pounds at the time, and the parents refused to feed him because the Hauer's claimed he had "issues" with food. KARE reported that they boy -- who was about the size of a 4-year-old -- had not eaten solid food for two months and sometimes snuck out and ate rotted food from the family’s compost pile, and also ate food from the bird feeder.

In Friday's hearing to terminate parental rights, Judge Todd Westphal imposed strict conditions on the Hauers regarding their three other children, two girls and a boy between ages 5 and 1o, including a mandate of full access to their property by a Guardian ad Litem and county Social Services agents.

The groups will also serve as primary care providers for the children, and the Hauers cannot engage in any corporal punishment of the children.

A trial to determine termination of their parental rights is set for January, KARE reported.

The 8-year-old, meanwhile, will stay in foster care. He has gained 15 pounds and grown two inches, prosecutors said.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-10-21 at 5.14.36 PM

Mayor Carter announces COVID vaccine mandate for St. Paul city workers

It comes after Minneapolis announced the requirement for vaccines or regular testing for city workers in September.

two twelve medical center chaska GSV

Ridgeview cutting hours at 2 Minnesota urgent care locations

Hours of operation at a third location are also being shifted earlier.

Flickr - QFamily - Ben Jerrys

Latest to wade into Mpls. Question 2 debate is ... Ben & Jerry's?

The ice cream business said it supports the creation of a Department of Public Safety.

mickey moore driver's license shared

Mpls. candidate tries to 'set the record straight' about where he lives

Questions about Ward 9 candidate Mickey Moore's residency are quickly piling up.

Screen Shot 2021-10-21 at 1.49.16 PM

COVID-19 case rate drops in 51 of 87 Minnesota counties

Four of the 10 lowest case rates are metro-area counties.

unsplash - visitor patient doctor hospital emergency - crop

Allina mental health workers vote to unionize

Concerns over safety led the workers to unionize.

teacher, coronavirus, covid-19, school, classroom

Minnesota reports COVID deaths of teen student, 2 school staffers

Cases in schools rose again in the past week, though there are signs cases may have peaked.

Proctor football

Investigation of alleged misconduct on Proctor football team nears conclusion

The football team canceled its season and the coach subsequently resigned.

minnesota house of representatives

Minnesota House will continue hybrid operations, require masks in 2022

The Speaker of the House announced the plans in a memo to members and staff on Thursday.


Charges: North Mankato parents accused of starving adopted son

A north Mankato couple face criminal charges after they were accused of starving their 8-year-old adopted son. According to a criminal complaint, Mona and Russell Hauer refused to feed the boy and he weighed just 34.8 pounds, about the weight of an average 4-year-old, when he was taken to the hospital for vomiting blood.