Dad Allegedly Punches 5-Year-Old Son to Death for Eating His Father's Day Dessert


A Milwaukee dad of five has been arrested in connection with the death of his  5-year-old son over a Father’s Day treat. Travis Stackhouse, 29, is accused of fatally punching his son after becoming upset that the child had eaten some of his cheesecake.

  • “The defendant only had one piece of the cheesecake and was upset that others were eating it,” read the criminal complaint.

    The child, named Sir Stackhouse, according to People, died on June 22. According to Fox 6, he had bruising to both eyes, a cut to his lip and a laceration to his sternum. He also had three healed cuts on his back. The autopsy showed that he suffered blunt force trauma to his abdomen.

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  • The complaint also reveals that Stackhouse initially blamed his son’s injuries on a fall.

    Officers responded to the home at 3 a.m. June 22 after a call came in about a sick/injured person, according to the criminal complaint. Unfortunately, Sir was more than hurt, and officials pronounced him dead at the scene. 

    Stackhouse initial told police that the 5-year-old and another child were playing Nerf basketball upstairs when he suddenly noticed his son “somersaulting down the stairwell.” He said the boy appeared fine after the fall with no apparent injures, according to the police report. 

    Stackhouse admitted to being upset a short time later when he found the boy eating his Father’s Day dessert, but denies harming him.

    He claimed that he left the house later that evening, and when he returned his girlfriend was calling 911 because something was wrong with the 5-year-old.

  • But an older brother of the victim denied that the 5-year-old had fallen down the stairs and said Stackhouse had struck the boy in the stomach and back.

    After being reinterviewed by police, Stackhouse finally admitted he had punched his son in the stomach and hit him in the face because he had eaten his Father’s Day cheesecake. He also stated that his girlfriend had “often warned him not to hit the children so hard.”

  • Stackhouse was charged with reckless homicide in the deadly assault on Sir.

    According to KRON, Stackhouse’s bail was set at $100,000 and his preliminary hearing is set for Friday.

    “This baby was little, tiny, close to 20 pounds or so, and you doing all that? It’s ridiculous,” Sir’s aunt, Macshaunya Wright, told WALB News 10. “I can’t even process a kid going through that.”

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