Adopted Son Starved: Minnesota Parents Put Alarm on Door So 8-Year-Old 'Wouldn't Steal Food'

on November 6, 2012 10:25 AM EST

An adopted son starved by his adoptive parents is finally safe, and his parents are being charged with child abuse. The eight-year-old boy, who remains unnamed, weighed just 35 pounds when he was brought to a hospital by his adoptive mother after he vomited blood.

The couple, Mona and Russell Hauer of North Mankato, Minnesota, is facing six felonies including neglect and malicious punishment of a child. They allegedly had the boy on a liquid diet and punished him refusing to give him food. In addition, an alarm was allegedly placed on a fridge to prevent him from getting food.

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When the boy was brought to the hospital, doctors found that the boy was not only vomiting blood, but was also extremely malnourished -- he had the height and weight of an average four-year-old.

Mona Hauer told investigators that she had her adopted son on a liquid diet because he was constantly vomiting, and that he would sneak out of bed to "steal food."

The Hauers have three biological children who are also abused, investigators said. While they are allowed to eat solid food, investigators said they are hit with 2x4's or broom handles.

The adopted son is being treated for malnutrition and an eating disorder.

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