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UPDATE: Jury selected for Chritton child abuse trial


MADISON (WKOW) -- A jury has been chosen for the trial of a Madison man accused of starving and torturing his teenage daughter.

The trial for Chad Chritton, 41, begins on Tuesday morning in Dane County Court. He's facing seven charges in the case, including child abuse, neglect and false imprisonment.

On February 6th, 2012, Chritton's 15-year-old daughter was found walking along the side of the road near the family's home. She was wearing only pajamas with no shoes and was severely malnourished, weighing just 70 pounds.

Later, police say they discovered evidence of years of abuse, accusing Chritton and the girl's stepmother Melinda Drabek-Chritton. Doctors described the treatment as serial torture.

The girl told authorities she had been kept in the basement on an alarm system that sounded if she came upstairs to use the bathroom or look for food in the trash.

Monday morning 16 jurors were selected from a pool of about 60-- 10 women and six men will determine whether Chritton is guilty of torturing and starving his daughter.

Judge Julie Genovese read a long list of possible witnesses, suggesting who could be brought to testify. It included the girl's step brother Joshua Drabek, who is accused of sexually assaulting her repeatedly. Also included was Mike Vega, the man who found the girl after she escaped last February.

Drabek's trial for two counts of sexual assault and one count of child abuse is expected to begin in June.

Melinda Drabek-Chritton will face trial for seven counts of abuse in April.

Opening arguments in Chritton's case begin Tuesday morning at 8:30 at the Dane County Courthouse.


MADISON (WKOW)-- The trial for a Madison man accused of starving and torturing his teenage daughter is set to begin with jury selection on Monday.

Chad Chritton and his wife, Melinda Drabek-Chritton, are accused of locking the girl in their basement and denying her food until she weighed 68 pounds.

They each face six felony charges, including child abuse and neglect.

The girl's stepbrother, Joshua Drabek, has also been accused of sexually assaulting her.

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