Couple accused of abusing Madison teen asking for legal defense donations

CREATED May 11, 2012 - UPDATED: May 11, 2012

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MADISON- The couple accused of torturing their teenage daughter is now asking for donations for their legal defense fund.

The website, which is registered to their attorney, claims Chad Chritton and Melinda Drabek-Chritton have been falsely accused of torturing their daughter and now they want your money to help prove their innocence.

The website that makes the biological mother of the teen, investigators say was tortured by her family, sick.

"I am outraged at this right now," said the teen's mother Heidi Pease.

The site claims Chad Chritton and stepmother Melinda Drabek-Chritton are the target of lies by the government and the girl herself.

Prosecutors say the two tortured and starved Chad Chritton's daughter, forcing her to stay in the basement of their Madison home.

"I cannot believe they would lie to pull at the heart strings of the public," exclaimed Heidi Pease.  "They know what they've done."

The 15-year-old was found on the streets in February, barefoot and dressed in pajamas.  The victim's cousin Tanya Hansen told TODAY'S TMJ4 she doesn't want to publicize that website, because it takes away from the real victim in this unspeakable crime -- which is her cousin.

"We want the focus to remain on my cousin, she's the one who's the victim here and has suffered," argued Hansen.

While the couple continues looking for money for their defense fund, Tanya says she had a message for her cousin who was tortured and starved.  "She's stronger than I could ever be, she's a hero, she's a survivor and we love her very much."

The family of the teen, including her mother and her cousin told TODAY'S TMJ4 they haven't been allowed to see the girl; they say they're hoping that day will come soon.

The couple is due back in court next week. 

A trial date hasn't been set yet.