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UPDATE: Testimony continues in child abuse trial

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Witnesses for the prosecution take the stand in day three of the trial for the Madison man accused of child torture and starvation.

41-year-old Chritton is charged with seven counts of child abuse, including neglect and false imprisonment. On February 6th, 2012, Chritton's daughter was found walking barefoot along the side of the road near the family's home. Doctors say she was severely malnourished and weighed less than 70 pounds.

Later, police say they discovered evidence of years of what they've called "serial torture", accusing Chritton and the girl's stepmother Melinda Drabek-Chritton.

A second day of testimony in Dane County Court began with a doctor who treated Chritton's 15-year-old daughter after she was admitted to the hospital. The victim was at St. Mary's Hospital for 11 days.

Dr. Matthew Swedlund with St. Mary's pediatric unit told the jury about the girl's condition when she arrived and her progress throughout that time. Swedlund says according to reports, the girl was able to put on nearly 25 pounds during her hospital stay. Her food intake had to be closely monitored so she wouldn't overeat and vomit, but Swedlund says her reactions to food did not suggest she was suffering from anorexia or bulimia, as her family had suggested.

When asked about her mental health, Swedlund said it didn't appear she had the dangerous, aggressive and delusional traits the defense has described.

"She has a normal mood and affect, her speech is normal and her behavior is normal, judgement is normal, thought content is not paranoid and not delusional," says Swedlund. "She expresses no suicidal plans and no homicidal plans."

Swedland told the court Chritton continued to visit the hospital, even after he was told he wouldn't be allowed to see his daughter. Reports show the victim asked a number of times why her father was not visiting her. Chritton told doctors he didn't have the support at home to care for his daughter.

Next to take the stand were four St. Mary's nurses who reiterated much of what Swedlund had to say and elaborated on their interactions with the girl and Chritton. Reports show hospital staff said Chritton initially seemed loving and concerned about his daughter. One nurse reported the victim told staff Chritton would sometimes give her food, despite claims that he starved her.

Others remember conversations with the victim, known as SLC, that questioned her safety in his care.

"I remember [SLC] saying that she guesses her step mother wasn't that bad, because sometimes she would make her dad and brother stop beating her and strangling her after a bit," says Sheri Roe, with St. Mary's.

The prosecution also called a St. Mary's social worker to the stand. Erin Hause said Child Protective Services made the decision that Chritton should not be allowed to see his daughter while she was hospitalized.

"[Chritton] was agreeable to not having contact per the request, but his initial reaction was to say something along the lines of 'I knew something like this would happen'," says Hause.

After the St. Mary's staff, the prosecution called upon four people who worked at Glendale Elementary School during the 2006-2007 school year. The victim attended 3rd grade at Glendale before she was home schooled by her step mother. Teachers there said the girl was an average student, and at the time was a healthy weight and ate adequate amounts of food.

They said the girl would often cry at the end of the day when it was time to go home and sometimes refused to get on or off the bus.

The prosecution is expected to continue calling witnesses through Monday or Tuesday, when the defense will take over. We're still expected to hear from the girl herself, along with her step brother Joshua Drabek, who is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting her.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Witnesses for the prosecution take the stand in day three of the trial for the Madison man accused of child torture and starvation.

41-year-old Chritton is charged with seven counts of child abuse, including neglect and false imprisonment. On February 6th, 2012, Chritton's daughter was found walking barefoot along the side of the road near the family's home. Doctors say she was severely malnourished and weighed less than 70 pounds.

Later, police say they discovered evidence of years of what they've called "serial torture", accusing Chritton and the girl's stepmother Melinda Drabek-Chritton.

A second day of testimony in Dane County Court began with a doctor who treated Chritton's 15-year-old daughter after she was admitted to the hospital. The victim was at St. Mary's Hospital for 11 days.

Dr. Matthew Swedlund with St. Mary's pediatric unit told the jury about the girl's condition when she arrived and her progress throughout that time. Swedlund says according to reports, the girl was able to put on nearly 25 pounds during her hospital stay. Her food intake had to be closely monitored so she wouldn't overeat and vomit, but Swedlund says her reactions to food did not suggest she was suffering from anorexia or bulimia, as her family had suggested.

Swedland told the court Chritton continued to visit the hospital, even after he was told he wouldn't be allowed to see his daughter. Reports show the victim asked a number of times why her father was not visiting her.

The prosecution is expected to continue calling witnesses through Monday or Tuesday, when the defense will take over. We're still expected to hear from the girl herself, along with her step brother Joshua Drabek, who is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting her.

Tonight on 27 News at 5 & 6, Jennifer Kliese will share a recap of today's testimony.

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