600-pound couple starved daughter, made her eat human waste
Chad Chritton and Melinda Drabek-Critton allegedly starved their daughter, made her eat human waste
Melinda Drabek-Chritton and Chad Chritton face child abuse charges for starving their 15-year old daughter, who they kept locked in the basement.
The girl told investigators that the abuse began when she was ten. The family locked her in the basement, where Drabek-Chritton, who is the girl's stepmother, would beat her. The girl, now 15, weighed 70 pounds when she escaped her abusers.
In addition to being starved in the basement, the girl told police that she was deprived of a bathroom, so she would take showers using the sink and went to the bathroom "in boxes or containers." If things got messy, the girl told investigators, "they will make me eat it. Or drink it or rub it on my face."
The girl told investigators that she could hear the family getting ready for its day every morning, according to the Associated Press, but they would ignore her when she begged for food. She mostly ate scraps from the floor or in the garbage, she told investigators.
The Chrittons did not allow her to go to school or church. On occasions where she ran away, they would bring her home and threaten her.
Melinda Drabek-Chritton beat and starved her stepdaughter, police allege
Chad Chritton, her father, weighs 240 pounds while her stepmother Melinda Drabek-Chritton tips the scales at 370, according to police.
The girl escaped the house on February 6, after being threatened by Drabek-Chritton. The girl's stepmother threatened to throw her down the stairs. The girl ran out the door "barefoot and lightly dressed," and was discovered by a motorist.
The girl's stepbrother, Josh Drabek, has also been charged for abusing the girl. Josh Drabek allegedly began sexually assaulting her when she was ten. He would force her to perform oral sex on him.
Attorney Thomas J. McClure, representing the girl's parents, insists his clients are "good people" who have been "unfairly characterized by an incomplete investigation," according to WKOW.
In court today, the Wisconsin couple asked to have their bail lowered because neither parent is a flight risk.
We'll keep you up to date on events as they unfold.
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