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Neighbors say reported abuse of Madison girl

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Neighbors of a 15-year-old girl found recently to be severely malnourished says they alerted social services about potential abuse but don't know if anything was ever done.

Mark Stuntebeck says he's lived next door to the family since they both moved in to houses built by Habitat for Humanity about six years ago. He says he'd see her taking out the trash, scavenging through it and then hiding to eat what she found.

He says he saw it several times and even called social services, but he doesn't know what happened.

Melissa Clark lives across the street. She says her mother called child protective services about a year ago because they heard the stepmother berating her.

A message left at the state Department of Health Services wasn't immediately returned Wednesday.

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