A Minnesota couple are accused of starving their 8-year-old adopted son, feeding him only liquid and putting an alarm on his door so he would not steal food, according to criminal charges that say the boy was so malnourished his bones protruded and he weighed as much as a child half his age.
Mona Hauer and Russell Hauer of North Mankato each are charged with six felonies, including neglect and malicious punishment of a child. In addition to starving the boy, authorities said, they beat him with a broom handle and made him sleep in a sled in the basement because he wet the bed.
At the time of the boy’s adoption, a doctor found he had experienced trauma that would require intensive psychotherapy. The doctor gave several recommendations, but the Hauers did not follow through, the complaint said.
Mona Hauer, who home schools all the children, told authorities the family practices what she called “holistic medicine” and only goes to doctors in serious situations. She told authorities she put the boy on a liquid diet after talking with a chiropractor, according to the complaint.
The chiropractor told authorities he hoped the liquid meal would be digested before the boy could regurgitate it, but that he did not intend it to be the boy’s only nourishment.
Were they fit or prepared to take care of this child who has special needs? Why didn’t anyone check on the child? Did the chiropractor even see him? So many questions that can’t be answered here. Since when does “holistic medicine” mean starving a child? Since when is a chiropractor qualified on diet? I could go on but the authorities will take care of that.
This does bring up the issue of whether adopted parents should be asked about their philosophies about medical care. In this case, such nonsense about not regularly consulting a doctor is detrimental to ANY child’s well being.