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Judge orders video released in Wis. abuse case


A Wisconsin police video shows a small 15-year-old girl clutching her stuffed bunny, dabbing her eyes and detailing alleged abuse and starvation by her parents.

A judge ordered the video released Tuesday after prosecutors decided not to show it in court at the parents' preliminary hearing. The judge overruled objections from prosecutors who wanted to protect the girl's privacy, and defense attorneys who feared the video might prejudice potential jurors.

The two-hour video shows her speaking softly to a detective. She says her stepmother physically assaulted her and withheld food, and that both her parents kept her confined in their Madison basement.

At one point she breaks into tears and says, "I've just had it. I just don't even want to go back there."

The preliminary hearing will continue Friday.

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