Father on trial for starving, abusing daughter

CREATED Feb. 27, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A trial is underway in Dane County for a man accused of locking his emaciated teenage daughter in the basement.

Chad Chritton is charged with party to six felonies, including false imprisonment and child neglect resulting in bodily harm. District Attorney Ismael Ozanne told jurors Tuesday that despite being 15, the girl weighed 68 pounds and looked more like 8 to 10 years old. A passer-by who discovered the girl walking on a road near her home in February 2012 testified the girl had scrapes on her face, her hair was dirty and matted and her bare feet were purple from exposure.

The State Journal says defense attorney William Hayes told jurors Chritton had a hard time dealing with the girl's psychiatric issues and that she had threatened to kill him.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj