The case involving a Madison couple accused of starving and torturing the man's 15-year-old daughter will go to trial.
The hearing was held on Friday afternoon. It began Tuesday, but it was postponed because the prosecution's lead witness had a sick child.
The witness, Dr. Barbara Knox, is the doctor who examined the girl last month after the teen ran away from home only wearing thin pajamas. Knox, a UW physician and child abuse expert, told the court how she believes the girl faced torture and starvation at the hands of her father and stepmother. She diagnosed the 70-pound girl as a victim of "serial child torture with prolonged exposure to definite starvation."
"If you line up 50 children, she would weigh less than the skinniest child in the group. She was off the curve," Knox said.
The girl's father, Chad Chritton, and stepmother, Melinda J. Drabek-Chritton, are accused of abusing the girl over a five-year period. Both appeared at the hearing.