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Stepmother in abuse case challenges her medical care

MADISON (WKOW) -- The stepmother of a Madison teenager, who was allegedly starved and tortured, was in court Monday afternoon to deal with her own medical condition.

Melinda Drabek-Chritton was in Dane County Court addressing the medical care she's receiving in jail. Drabek-Chritton and the girl's father, Chad Chritton, face a total of 17 charges including child neglect and false imprisonment.

Drabek-Chritton's attorney said she has a potentially serious kidney condition and jail medical staff were improperly treating it.

He said jail-required prescription medication had led Drabek-Chritton to lose ninety pounds since her February arrest. At the time of her arrest, jail records listed Drabek-Chritton's weight at 370 pounds.

In a court motion, her attorney argued the side effects of Drabek-Chritton's jail-required medication may be exacerbating a kidney condition, and the prescription is contrary to Drabek-Chritton's previous care through a physician.

In court on Monday it was ruled that the medical care for Drabek-Chritton is adequate.

The couple pleaded not guilty to the charges. Their next court date is scheduled for May 18.

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