Invisible Children

Child of Mona and Russell Hauer

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

Mona and Russell Hauer starved their 8 year old adopted son, leaving him barely alive. The boy was the size of a 4 year old, his bones protruding and his abdomen distended. His parents routinely beat him with a broom handle and forced him to sleep in an unfinished basement with a bucket to urinate in and an alarm on the door so that he could not steal food. The abuse came to light when the boy was hospitalized because he was vomiting blood and found to have delayed bone growth due to malnutrition. The boy and his siblings, some of whom were also adopted, were homeschooled by their mother. Mona Hauer said family practiced “holistic medicine” and that the boy was on a strict liquid diet because his eating habits had been an “attempt to be in control of the home.” The family lived in Minnesota.

Date: October 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Documents: Date:
Mona and Russell Hauer Starved 8-Year-Old-Son 2012-11-05