A killer dad punched his five-year-old son to death for eating his Father's Day cheesecake, a US court has heard.
Travis Stackhouse, 30, blamed metal implants in his hand for rupturing Sir Amer Stackhouse's internal organs, it was said.
He this week admitted second-degree reckless homicide, child abuse and child neglect as the victim's six-year-old brother was about to give evidence to his trial, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
The prosecution alleged that the Milwaukee dad was upset that his children were eating most of his Father’s Day cheesecake.
It was reported that he punched his son and smacked the boy’s face with the back of his hand, which contains metal from a surgery.
The child pronounced dead early the next morning, after Stackhouse returned from a bar and the family called 911, the newspaper said.
Sir Amer suffered a ruptured stomach, bruised kidneys and a torn adrenal gland, and died from blunt force trauma to the abdomen, the article said.
Stackhouse, of Wisconsin, reportedly faces 37 years in jail after he changed his pleas to guilty on Wednesday following two days' of witness evidence.
Prosecutors were said to have introduced his taped confession as evidence and he now faces 37 years in prison when he is sentenced next month.
The newspaper reported Stackhouse admitted that he struck the boy's face with the back of his hand in June 2019.
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The defendant was said to have claimed his hand was heavier than normal because of metal inside from a surgery.
After he hit the boy, Stackhouse left the house and went to a bar with friends until about 2am, the court heard.
When he got home, his girlfriend and mother of the boy called 911.
Paramedics responded to the home in the 2600 block of West Ruby Avenue and tried unsuccessfully to revive the boy. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office determined he suffered a ruptured stomach, bruised kidneys and a torn adrenal gland. He died from blunt force trauma to the abdomen.
Deputy District Attorney Matthew Torbenson said the victim's brother, who was six at the time, was going to be called as a witness.
Stackhouse was reportedly so disturbed that he agreed to let Torbenson instead play for the jury the boy's videotaped interview with investigators.
After the state introduced Stackhouse's own recorded confession, Torbenson said, the defendant asked to speak with his mother, who had been watching the trial, and then agreed to plead guilty to the reduced charge.
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