Teen charged in death of 7-year-old tried in adult court

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MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP)- A Wisconsin judge has ruled that a teenager charged in the death of a 7-year-old boy who was allegedly beaten, forced to carry around a heavy log and buried in snow will be tried in adult court.

Attorneys for 16-year-old Damian Hauschultz tried to have the case moved to juvenile court. He was 15 when Ethan Hauschultz died in 2018. The teen is charged in Manitowoc County with first-degree reckless homicide, child abuse and substantial battery.

According to a criminal complaint, Ethan was made to carry the heavy log as punishment. Two adult relatives also face charges.