Married Couple Almost Starve Adopted 8 Year Old To Death
How can conservative Christians keep bellowing about “family being the backbone of society,” when not only is that concept not taught in the Bible, but there are examples of married couples who abuse their children or other people’s children?
There is a common misconception in Christianity that if you’re still single past age 25 or 35, it’s because God is trying to mature you, or work out some supposed defect in your character, before he will send you a spouse.
There is a Christian assumption that God expects you to be perfect and absolutely sinless at all times, and if you are not, he will withhold a spouse from you.
Obviously, this is a load of bullshit, since we see so many stories in the news (which I sometimes blog about) of married couples who end up abusing children, murdering people, being arrested for selling or using drugs, having affairs, or being porn addicts.
One married Baptist preacher I blogged about months ago was a serial rapist and serial killer. Are you still going to sit there and tell me that a serial raping, serial killing scum like that is more worthy of a spouse than someone such as myself, who does not rape or murder people?
Marriage and parenthood do not automatically confer godliness, maturity, responsibility on to a person, either, which is another misperception among conservative Christians. Another example…..
(By the way, these negligent parents not only had this adopted kid they starved, but one or two of their own biological children).
(Link): Minn. couple jailed in adopted child starvation case
(Link): Minnesota couple accused of starving adopted son
- 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.
Online court records did not say whether the Hauers, who also have a biological child and adopted two of the boy’s siblings, have an attorney. Multiple calls to the family’s home went unanswered Monday and the voicemail box was full.
The complaint, filed Friday, said Mona Hauer brought the boy to Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Mankato on Oct. 9 because she thought he had vomited blood. She said the boy had eating issues and had been regurgitating his food for months.
He weighed just 34.8 pounds and was 3 feet, 5 inches tall — about the weight of an average 4-year-old when measured on standard growth charts. The complaint said the boy was “very thin, his bones were protruding, and his abdomen was distended.”