Jury hits Deadlock in Wisconsin Starved Girl Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: 3/15 at 4:49 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Jurors are telling a judge they're deadlocked in the case of a Wisconsin man accused of starving and torturing his 68-pound, teenage daughter.

The Madison man faces a half-dozen child abuse counts. Jurors began deliberations Thursday afternoon and worked for nearly nine-and-a-half hours.

They spent six hours discussing the case Friday before sending a note to Dane County Circuit Judge Julie Genovese saying they'd reached a unanimous verdict on at least one count but were deadlocked on others and had been since Thursday.

Genovese brought the jury into the courtroom, told them to keep trying and sent them back to the deliberations room.

The girl testified she was kept locked in the basement and denied food.

The man's attorney says she had access to food but chose not to eat.
ORIGINAL STORY: 3/14 at 9:14 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Closing arguments are expected to begin in the trial of the father accused of starving and torturing his 16-year-old daughter.

The trial against her 41-year-old father was scheduled to wrap up in Dane County Circuit Court on Thursday. The man faces six felony child abuse charges.

The girl testified that her father kept her locked in the basement, and that she endured years of physical abuse and was denied food.

She weighed less than 70 pounds when she ran away 13 months ago.

The defense has said the girl had adequate food and clothing available, but chose not to dress appropriately or eat well.

The Associated Press isn't naming the Madison man to avoid identifying the girl, who has alleged her stepbrother sexually assault her.

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