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Dad Allegedly Beat 5-Year-Old Son To Death For Eating His Father's Day Cheesecake

Travis Stackhouse initially blamed his son's fatal injuries on the child falling down the stairs, according to a criminal complaint.

By Gina Tron
Travis Stackhouse

A Wisconsin father is accused of beating his 5-year-old son to death for eating his Father's Day cheesecake. 

Travis Stackhouse, 29, of Milwaukee allegedly admitted to investigators that he punched son both in the gut and face after becoming“ upset that others were eating” his Father’s Day cake, a criminal complaint obtained by WITI in Milwaukee stated.

A 911 call on Saturday led to first responders finding the boy unresponsive. He was pronounced dead on the scene. He had suffered bruising to both of his eyes, a cut on his sternum and on his lip, according to WITI. 

Initially the father claimed he witnessed his son “somersaulting down the stairwell” and that the child later began vomiting and complaining of feeling sick, according to the criminal complaint. An autopsy however, indicated otherwise and the death was ruled a homicide.  

Stackhouse lived with his girlfriend and five children.

Later, in an interview with investigators, Stackhouse allegedly admitted that he became irate when he caught three of the five children, including the victim, eating his Father’s Day cheesecake. That discovery led him violently assault the 5-year-old, according to the complaint. The boy’s mother called 911 while Stackhouse went out to a bar, according to the Associated Press. 

Stackhouse's girlfriend “often warned him not to hit the children so hard,” Stackhouse allegedly told investigators, according to the complaint.

Stackhouse has since been charged with first-degree reckless homicide, according to online jail records. He’s being held on a $100,000 cash bond. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.