Wis. stepmother takes deal in starved teen case

CREATED Apr. 8, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr. 8, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin woman accused of torturing and starving her teenage stepdaughter has agreed to a plea deal just hours before her trial was set to begin.

The woman agreed Monday to plead no contest to first-degree reckless endangering safety and causing mental harm to a child. Both charges are felonies that carry a combined maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and $50,000 in fines.

Prosecutors agreed to drop four other felony counts.

Investigators say the woman and her husband, who is the girl's father, kept the girl locked in their basement, tortured her and starved her down to 68 pounds.

The girl has also accused her stepbrother of sexually assaulting her.