Brian Hawes was murdered by his mothers new boyfriend. His mother not only participated in abuse of Brian and his brother, but ordered it, watched it and abused them herself according to the criminal complaint. She has only been charged to date with 1 count of failure to prevent and will only face a maximum of 6 years.
The citizens of Racine are outraged (as you will be able to see by the comments posted online through the newspaper). Many emails and calls have gone to the District Attorney to demand more charges (the criminal complaint would reflect these charges could be easily proven). We as a community have been dismissed and told by the DA that it is his duty only to press charges where there is evidence beyond reasonable doubt. (criminal complaint in the eyes of the community supports stronger charges).
The Human Services/ Child Protection Unit, did NOT respond to numerous calls concerning this case while Brian was still alive (this information is documentated). Neighbors and other family members contacted them stating the boys were abused and no one followed up removing the boys from the home. Brian would still be alive is someone at HS/CPS had taken action by removing them. The DA has a duty to prosecute to the fullest extent of Wisconsin Statutes, the mother responsible for his death would be incarcerated for a long time. Even after Brian's death, his mother tried to profit. She set up a fund recently for "Brian's funeral expenses,etc". It was proven that all expenses occurred because of this were taken care of and she was trying to profit from his death.
We demand as citizens that the District Attorney being an elected official fully prosecute these crimes under Wisconsin State St. 948, and that the Racine County Human Services Dept/CPS be held accountable for their actions and be terminated if found through an investigation that they did not fully heed and correctly investigate the calls for help.
We the undersigned,
The purpose for this is to demand justice for Brian Hawes and protection for all Racine, WI children.
We demand that the District Attorney of Racine Wi, Micheal Nieskes fully prosecute this crime under Wisconsin State Statute 948 We demand an investigation from an outside agency into the operations, documentation and investigations of the Racine County Human Services/Child Protective Servies unit.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and please keep Brian and all children in your memories and close to your heart.