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Testimony begins Tuesday in Chritton child abuse case


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Testimony begins Tuesday in the trial of Chad Chritton, the Madison man accused of torturing and starving his 16-year-old daughter for several years.

Sixteen jurors, including 10 women, were chosen Monday in Dane County Circuit Court.

Twelve of them will decide whether the 41-year-old Chritton is guilty of 7 charges that include false imprisonment, reckless endangerment, abuse, and causing mental harm.

Prosecutors said Chritton and his wife locked her in their basement until she escaped last February. The girl told police she was beaten, starved, and forced to eat feces as she slimmed down to 68 pounds.

One witness said he thought the girl looked like she was eight instead of 15. Over 100 potential witnesses could testify in a trial that’s scheduled to run for two weeks.

Chritton’s wife Melinda is scheduled to go on trial in April on the same 7 counts as her husband. Her son Joshua is set for a June trial for allegedly molesting the girl.