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Police: Dad killed 5-year-old son over eaten piece of Father’s Day cake

Travis Stackhouse, 29, is accused of punching his 5-year-old son in the stomach after the child ate a slice of his Father's Day cake. The child later died from his injuries. (Provided Photo via CNN)

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CNN) – A Milwaukee man who is accused of killing his 5-year-old son with a punch, appeared in court Thursday.

Travis Stackhouse, 29, was reportedly angry with his son for eating a piece of his Father’s Day cake.

He is facing a homicide charge and he appeared in court Thursday for the first time.

According to a criminal complaint, Stackhouse’s 5-year-old son had bruising to both eyes, a cut on his lip and sternum; an autopsy revealed he suffered blunt force trauma to the abdomen.

The child’s caretakers reported he fell down the stairs, but police didn’t believe the injuries were consistent with that.

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Stackhouse admitted to punching his son in the stomach and hitting him in the face because he ate his Father’s Day cake — he only had one piece and he was upset others were eating it.

Stackhouse is the father of four other children.

His cash bail was set at $100,000.

Stackhouse will be back in court July 5 for a preliminary hearing.

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