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Police Reports Detail Abuse Allegations in Slain Enoch Family

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Police reports obtained by Deseret News detail serious occurrences of abuse and controlling behavior by the estranged husband who murdered Tausha Haight, her five children, and her mother.

A police officer and an official from the Utah Division of Child and Family Services responded to the Haight home on August 27, 2020, to investigate allegations of child abuse. Macie, the eldest daughter, detailed three instances of alleged physical abuse by her father. The report reads that he grabbed her by the shoulder multiple times and during one altercation her head banged into the wooden piece along the back of the couch. Macie claimed her father once grabbed her “around the neck and choked her.”

The officer reported at that time that “[Macie] stated that she was very afraid that he was going to keep her from breathing and kill her. I asked her if she actually lost her breath. She stated that she did not. She stated that he did not choke her.”

Michael Haight denied all allegations, stating he occasionally lost his temper and yelled at the children, and no physical contact was meant to be assaultive. He told police that Macie was “mouthy.” Macie told officers her father often told her mother that she was stupid and lazy and would take Tausha’s phone to “keep her from leaving the house.” Haight claimed Tausha had been “talking and saying mean things about his mother and sister,” which is why he took her devices. He admitted to taking her iPad for “several days to look at her texts and messages.”

Photos on display at a vigil for the victims. Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

“I advised Michael that his behavior was very close to assaultive,” the officer wrote in the supplemental report obtained. “I advised him that I did not intend to charge him with any crime at this time. I talked to him about the importance of Macie continuing to speak with a therapist. I asked him to not interfere with that. I also advised him that he should continue seeing someone about his anger. I advised him that I would much rather be having this conversation with him instead of taking him to jail.”

Tausha did not press charges at the time, but told the officer, “that she is in hopes that this case will be a wake-up call for Michael. She stated that she does not believe that criminal charges will be appropriate at this point.”

Tausha filed for divorce in December 2022 and approximately two weeks later was murdered alongside her children, Macie, now 17, 12-year-old Brilee, 7-year-old twins Sienna and Ammon, 4-year-old Gavin, and her mother, Gail Earl.

The report comes after a controversial obituary for Haight was published and subsequently removed, portraying Haight as a loving family man and stating he “enjoyed making memories with the family” and had “lived a life of service.”

If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic or dating violence, resources are available to help. If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call 911.

The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition hotline can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-897-5465, or the National Domestic Violence Hotline is available at 1-800-799-7233.

If you suspect child abuse is occurring, you can report it to state officials at 855-323-3237.

Featured Image | Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP
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