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Madison girl looks to get her life back after dad sentenced for starvation, abuse

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A 16-year-old Madison girl now says she's trying to get back the life she lost when her parents starved and abused her in the basement of her home.

The girl's father, Chad Chritton, was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison plus five years of extended supervision.

Dane County Circuit Judge Julie Genovese said she wanted his sentence to be similar to that of his wife -- the girl's step-mother Melinda -- who was convicted last year.

District Attorney Ismael Ozanne read a letter from the girl, whose weight dropped to 68 pounds just before she escaped from her basement captivity in February of 2012.  

The youngster said she had six years of no education, and she wanted to own a life she couldn't have until she ran away. She said her parents turned her into, "their own personal slave."

Chritton had two trials last year, after jurors couldn't agree on several counts in the first one. He ended up being convicted of felony child neglect, reckless endangerment, physical child abuse, and causing mental harm to a child.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)