WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Prosecutors reported that Travis Stackhouse, 29, of Milwaukee, admitted to having hit his 5-year-old son hard, killing him, after the boy ate a piece of his Father’s Day cake.
- At first, Stackhouse claimed that his son’s injuries were caused by falling down the stairs at their house a day before the incident, but seemed to be unhurt.
- Later, he stated in the criminal complaint that although he got mad at his son over the cake, he insisted that he never hit him.
For eating just a bit of his dad’s Father’s Day cake, a 5-year-old boy died after his father fatally punched him in anger, reported prosecutors.
According to a criminal complaint, after receiving a report of an injured individual, law enforcement arrived at the Milwaukee home of 29-year-old Travis Stackhouse at around 3 a.m. There, they found the boy with bruising on both eyes, a cut lip and a deep cut to his sternum. The child also sustained cuts on his back.
Initially, Stackhouse, a father of four other children with his girlfriend, contrived a complex story regarding his son’s injuries. The complaint noted that he told authorities that the day before the incident, while he was with his children at home, he claimed to have seen his son “somersaulting down the stairwell”, but seemed fine afterwards.
Later though, Stackhouse said the child began vomiting. At some point, he also mentioned hanging out with his friends outside the house but when he got back home, his girlfriend told him that something’s wrong with his son. In the criminal complaint, Stackhouse also admitted to being angry at his son and two other children for eating his Father’s Day cake but claimed he never hit him.
However, police became doubtful of Stackhouse’s story especially after autopsy findings showed that the child suffered blunt force trauma. Eventually, they resolved that the boy’s death was a homicide. They went back and interviewed Stackhouse again.
At first, Stackhouse kept up with his original story but later admitted to hitting his son over the cake, the complaint noted. Upon being asked why, the father said he was dismayed that others are eating his cake while he had eaten only one slice of it.
Reportedly, the assault was confirmed to the police by the child’s older brother.
Following the boy’s death on June 22, WITI reports that Stackhouse faces one count of first-degree reckless homicide.