"Significant" child abuse investigation in Madison
MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison police are investigating a significant child abuse and negligence case.
Police have arrested three people in connection with the case - the 15-year-old victim's father, stepmother and step brother.
Detectives have learned the girl lived with her father, stepmother and adult stepbrother, along with two younger stepchildren. While the rest of the family lived upstairs, the teen was forced to spend most of her time in the basement without a bathroom and given very little to eat. There was an alarm that would sound if she went upstairs.
Officials say their investigation started on February 6, when a passerby found a 15-year-old girl walking outside, without shoes or socks, and only in pajamas. She was a few blocks from her house and in serious need of help.
The concerned citizen notified Madison police, who say it was clear the 70-pound girl was dramatically underweight. The child's father provided medical explanations for her condition.
According to a police report, the investigation continued when a hospital social worker told officers there was likely much more to the case.
The teen was then examined by a doctor who specializes in child abuse, who determined her condition as "serial child torture with prolonged exposure to definite starvation."
The teen is not currently enrolled in public or private school.
The Madison Police Department is working closely with many agencies on this case.