Stepmom, father, stepbrother facing slew of charges in Madison teen torture
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MADISON- The stepmother, father and stepbrother of a Madison teen, 15, have been charged with nine criminal counts in a case of "serial child torture".
Father Chad G. Chritton, 40, and stepmother Melinda J. Drabek-Chritton, 42, have each been charged with first degree reckless endangerment, intentional child abuse -- causing bodily harm, and child neglect. The reckless endangerment and child abuse charges are both felonies and combined, add up to a possible 18 1/2 years in prison. The child neglect charge is a misdemeanor, but could result in up to nine months in prison.
The teen's stepbrother, Joshua P. Drabek, 18, is facing three criminal counts, including: first degree sexual assault of a child under 13, first degree sexual assault of a child under 16, and intentional child abuse -- causing bodily harm. Those charges are all felonies and Drabek could see up to 106 years in prison.
Prosecutors have charged the 18-year-old stepbrother the Madison teen with repeatedly sexually assaulting her beginning around her 10th birthday.
The girl told police the couple had kept her confined to the basement since 2006 and that they beat her, starved her and forced her to eat feces.
A motorist spotted the girl Feb. 6 walking barefoot in pajamas near her home and called police.
The girl weighed just 70 pounds and the doctor who examined her determined she was severely malnourished.
Prosecutors say the girl's stepbrother first sexually assaulted her around December 2006, then again from February 2009 to February 2010.