Utah: Michael Haight investigates child molestation before killing family

Police were called to the home of Michael Haight (right) to investigate child abuse, two years before he shot and killed his family

Police were called to the home of Michael Haight (right) to investigate child abuse two years before he shot his family (Picture AP)

Two years before he shot himself and his family, according to court records, police were investigating the man responsible for the gruesome child molestation murders.

On January 5, in the small town of Enoch, Utah, police discovered Michael Haight dead alongside his wife Tausha, mother-in-law Gail Earl and their five children, ages 4 to 17.

The massacre happened just two weeks after Tausha filed for divorce.

However, court records show that Haight had a history of abusive behavior towards his family.

Michael Haight’s eldest daughter Macie told a police officer about her father’s abuse in 2020 (Image: Facebook)

Prosecutors declined to press charges against Michael Haight after police searched his home in August 2020. They were called to the home after a “non-family member” reported signs of child abuse.

Haight’s eldest daughter Macie, who was 14 at the time, told investigators that her father began being violent toward her in 2017. The first incident happened in the family’s piano room.

“Her father got angry with her and grabbed her by the shoulders,” the police report said. “He shook her and her head hit the piece of wood at the back of the couch.”

Macie told the officer that she was not injured in the incident. She also described a time when he put his hands around her neck as if to choke her.

The Haight home in Enoch, Utah, a small town of about 3,000 (Image: AP)

According to the report, Macie was “very scared that he would stop her from breathing and kill her.” She said she didn’t really lose her breath at the time.

Haight denied the allegations but admitted he had become angry and lost his temper over his daughter, whom he described as “mature”.

Macie also told investigators that her father frequently belittled and demeaned her mother. She said Michael would talk about how “stupid and lazy” Tausha was and would take his wife’s phone to try and stop her from leaving the house.

He also denied those allegations, but admitted to taking her phone and iPad to monitor her text messages and phone calls.

Tausha told police at the time she did not want to press charges against her husband and hoped the incident would be a “wake-up call” for him. The crime scene investigator told Michael his actions were “very close to an assault.”

The officer told Haight he would not arrest him but cautioned him about his actions. “I spoke to him about the importance of Macie continuing to talk to a therapist. I asked him not to interfere. I also advised him that he should keep seeing someone because of his anger. I told him I would much rather have this conversation with him than put him in jail,” he wrote in his report.

Iron County prosecutors later declined to prosecute Haight due to a lack of evidence.

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