Missouri Supreme Court to hear child abuse case

5 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Monday, September 29 2014 Sep 29, 2014 Monday, September 29, 2014 10:37:00 AM CDT September 29, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) - The state's supreme court will hear arguments this week about whether a Springfield man is guilty of child abuse.

In 2011, 50-year-old Peter D. Hansen was convicted of abusing one of his children by locking him in a bathroom for several days and restricting his diet as punishment. He's appealing the ruling.

Hansen said he is a Seventh Day Adventist and that his religion encourages vegetarianism. He says the child's punishment doesn't constitute child abuse.

The Springfield News-Leader reported the Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday.

The family was evicted from their home in April 2009 and lived in a car before their local church allowed them to live in their building. Hansen said while the family had little money, they ate two meals a day.

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