Child Neglect Trials Rescheduled 17 Jun 13

 The child neglect trials of a Nicollet County couple scheduled to begin this week were rescheduled. Russell and Mona Hauer’s 8-year-old adopted son was taken from their rural North Mankato home last year. He reportedly weighed 35-pounds at the time, and the Hauers had allegedly put an alarm on the boy’s bedroom door to keep him from taking food because he had what they claimed was a “Food Hoarding” problem. He had also supposedly 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. A judge has since ordered child protective services for their other children as well. The pretrial hearing for Mona Hauer will now be held August 19th, with her jury trial starting October 21st. Russell Hauer’s pretrial hearing is set for August 18th, with his trial beginning November 14th.