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Sentencing set for woman accused of starving her teenage step-daughter

Sentencing set for woman accused of starving her teenage step-daughter

A Madison woman accused of torturing her teenage stepdaughter and starving her down to 68 pounds is set to be sentenced in July.

Melinda Chritton pleaded no contest earlier this month to first-degree recklessly endangering safety and causing mental harm to a child. Both charges are felonies and carry a combined maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and $50,000 in fines. Dane County Circuit Judge Julie Genovese has scheduled the woman's sentencing hearing for July 26.

A jury found the woman's husband (Chad Chritton), who is the girl's father, guilty of child neglect in March. The girl's stepbrother is set to stand trial in June on charges he sexually assaulted her.

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A Madison woman, accused of torturing and starving her teenage stepdaughter, has agreed to a plea deal just hours before her trial was set to begin.

Melinda Chritton agreed to plead guilty to charges of first-degree reckless endangering safety and causing mental harm to a child. Both charges are felonies that carry a combined maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and $50,000 in fines. Prosecutors agreed to drop four other felony counts.

Investigators say Chritton and her husband Chad, who is the girl's father, kept the girl locked in their basement, tortured her and starved her down to 68 pounds.

Last month, Chad Chritton was found guilty on one count of child neglect. They deadlocked on several other felonies.

 

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