Couple strikes plea deal in starving of adopted child

5:54 AM, Oct 22, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PETER, Minn. - A Nicollet County couple offered guilty pleas Monday in connection with the alleged starving of a child they adopted.

County Attorney Michelle Zehnder says Mona Hauer entered an Alford plea to one count of felony neglect of a child, and her husband  Russell Hauer entered an Alford plea to one gross misdemeanor count of neglect of a child.

An Alford plea means the Hauers maintain they are innocent of the charges but agree that a jury could find them guilty based on evidence.

Sentencing for the couple will be November 26 in front of Nicollet County Judge Allison Krehbiel.

The Hauer's adopted son was 8 years old and weighed less than 35 pounds when his mother brought him to a hospital last October because she thought he had vomited blood.

Authorities said he was 3 feet, 5 inches tall, and about the weight of an average 4-year-old.

Earlier this year Nicollet County District Judge Todd Westphal terminated the couple's parental rights to the boy, but decided not to terminate their rights to their other three children.


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