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Wis. DA likely to show video of emaciated girl

By DINESH RAMDE
Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A preliminary hearing for a Wisconsin couple accused of torturing and starving the man's daughter will likely involve prosecutors playing a video of the emaciated girl.

The 40-year-old father and 42-year-old stepmother are due in a Dane County court Tuesday. The Associated Press isn't naming them to avoid identifying the girl.

The video apparently shows the 15-year-old Madison girl telling police her parents confined her in the basement and withheld food until she wasted away to 70 pounds.

Videotaped testimony by a child can be admissible in court under limited circumstances. However, Stephen Meyer, a defense lawyer not involved in this case, says the girl will most likely have to take the stand at trial. He says the right to face one's accuser is a "guarded principle" in American justice.

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