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Second trial to start for man accused of severe child neglect

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A second trial is scheduled to begin Monday for a Madison man accused of locking up and starving his teenage daughter for years. 

42-year-old Chad Chritton was convicted in March in Dane County on two counts of child neglect. Five other counts were revived, after jurors could not reach unanimous verdicts on them. 

Authorities said the young girl was starved and locked in a basement until she broke away in February of 2012. She was 15 then, and her weight was down to 68 pounds. 

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday morning, and the retrial is scheduled to last two weeks.

Chritton claimed during his original trial that his daughter had mental health issues. The man's wife, Melinda Drabek-Chritton, is serving five years after she struck a plea deal that convicted her of mentally harming a child and reckless endangerment. 

Chritton remains charged with false imprisonment, causing mental harm, reckless endangerment, felony child abuse, and felony child neglect.  

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