update:MADISON, Wis. -- A father and stepmother were charged in connection to what Wisconsin police are calling a "significant" child abuse and neglect case involving a 15-year-old girl, reported WISN-TV.WISN-TV
A doctor who evaluated the girl's condition described her condition as "serial child torture," police said.Police said they are limiting the amount of details being released about the case, but they said initial contact began on Feb. 6, when a passerby found the girl walking outside without shoes or socks. She was only wearing pajamas.Mike Vega told WISN-TV that he stopped and asked the girl if she needed help. "I said are you okay? And the little girl put her hand out and grabbed the door to my car and said, 'No I'm not. I need help.'"Vega said the girl told him she was 15, but he said she looked more like 8."She was skinny, emaciated," Vega said. "You could see the bones."The girl was found only a couple of blocks from her house. She was later transported to a Madison hospital.On Feb. 8, a hospital social worker contacted police about the girl, who weighed only 70 pounds, indicating there was more to the case and further investigation was necessary. A doctor, who specializes in child abuse, examined the teen on Friday and diagnosed her condition as "serial child torture with prolonged exposure to definite starvation," according to a police incident report.The girl told authorities she was confined to the basement of the home for years.Police said the girl said she ate what she could find on the floor or in the garbage and that she was even forced to eat her own feces. She said she had been forced to live in the basement since 2006.
kill them allStepbrother Also Charged In Starved Teen Case
POSTED: 5:48 pm CST February 16, 2012
UPDATED: 5:51 pm CST February 16, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- Prosecutors have charged the 18-year-old stepbrother of a severely malnourished Wisconsin girl with repeatedly sexually assaulting her beginning around her 10th birthday.WISN-TV
Dane County prosecutors on Thursday also filed felony child abuse and other charges against the 15-year-old girl's father and stepmother. 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.View updates on the case at WISN-TV's website.
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