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Father wants allegedly abused teen to testify

Chad Chritton Chad Chritton
Melinda Drabek-Chritton Melinda Drabek-Chritton
Joshua Drabek Joshua Drabek

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison teen who's parents allegedly locked her in the basement and denied her food will almost certainly have to take the stand if her father and stepmother go to trial.

The father's lawyer filed motions this week asking that the girl, who weighed 68 pounds, be compelled to testify in person.

Attorney William Hayes wrote that having the girl testify live, rather than by videotape, allows his client, Chad Chritton, his constitutional right to confront his accuser.

On Wednesday, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne declined to go into specifics about his plans for that specific case. However, Ozanne says whenever he gets ready for a trial he'll make sure all potential witnesses are prepared to take the stand.

Chritton, Melinda Drabek-Chritton and her son, Joshua Drabek all face child-abuse charges.

All three will be in court next on August 31 for a motion hearing.

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