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Trial set to begin for Madison man accused of starving, torturing daughter


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A two-week trial is scheduled to begin Monday for a Madison man accused of torturing and starving his teenage daughter.

Jury selection is set to take place for 41-year-old Chad Chritton. He and his 43-year-old wife Melinda Drabek-Chritton are each charged in Dane County with six felonies and a misdemeanor.

The woman has a two-week trial scheduled to start April 9th.

The girl was 15 when a driver called police last February, after seeing the child in pajamas and bare feet in cold weather. The witness said he mistook the girl for an 8-year-old.

Prosecutors said they locked her in their basement for almost six years until she escaped -- and they allegedly refused to give her food as she slimmed down to 68 pounds.

The girl told police she was beaten, starved, and forced to eat feces while she was confined. Officials said the girl is scheduled to testify in both trials.

The charges against both parents include false imprisonment, felony abuse, causing mental harm to a child, and reckless endangerment.

Also, the girl's step-brother is accused of sexually assaulting her.