Adoptive Parents Get Jail Time in Child Malnutrition Case

Posted at: 11/26/2013 4:53 PM
Updated at: 11/26/2013 4:54 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A southern Minnesota mother and father accused of starving their adopted son have been sentenced to jail.

Mona and Russell Hauer reached a plea agreement on neglect charges last month.

On Tuesday, Mona Hauer received 60 days in jail - and was taken into custody. Defense attorney Chris Rosengren says she'll likely serve 40 days with good behavior.

Russell Hauer was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 15 days of home monitoring. He will likely serve 20 days in jail, beginning after his wife's sentence.

The North Mankato couple was charged last year when their then-8-year-old son was found to weigh less than 35 pounds.

In a statement read in court, the Hauers said they were sorry and they love their son and fell short in getting him help.

The couple has lost custody of the boy, but a judge ruled they can retain custody of their biological children.