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Man fatally punched 5-year-old son over cheesecake, prosecutors say

He reportedly told police he was upset because he had only gotten one piece of the Father's Day cake.
Credit: Milkwaukee County Sheriff's Office

MILWAUKEE — Prosecutors say a Milwaukee father is accused of fatally punching his 5-year-old son because the boy ate some of the cheesecake he had gotten for Father's Day.

Travis Stackhouse is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the child's death last Saturday. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office determined the boy died from blunt force trauma to the abdomen.

A complaint says the 29-year-old father initially told police his son was injured after falling down the stairs. Paramedics didn't think the boy's injuries were consistent with a fall. Authorities say Stackhouse became angry his children were eating his cheesecake, went to a bar and returned about 2 a.m., at which time the mother of the child called 911.

CBS 58 reported Stackhouse said he only had one piece of the cheesecake and was upset others were eating it. He reportedly admitted to police his girlfriend has often warned him not to hit the children so hard.  

Court records don't list an attorney who could speak on the defendant's behalf.

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