Local Child Neglect Court Hearing 09 May 13

A Nicollet County judge on Tuesday formally ordered child protective services for the 3 children of a rural North Mankato couple whose parental rights for a fourth child were terminated in April. Russell and Mona Hauer’s 8-year-old adopted son was taken from the home last year. He reportedly weighed 35-pounds at the time, and investigators learned that the Hauers had not been giving the boy the medical care that was recommended after he was adopted from an abusive home, and that he had been punished with a broom handle and forced to sleep in a plastic sled in the basement due to bed-wetting problems. The Hauers pleaded not guilty to felony charges of child neglect, child endangerment and malicious punishment of a child, and their trial will begin June 17th. The issues dealt with during Tuesday’s hearing included requests from the Hauers regarding getting new counselors for their children, as well as them wanting to continue to home-school them. The judge will review those requests.