Chad G. Chritton, Melinda J. Drabek-Chritton, Joshua P. Drabek mug shots mashup

Madison residents Chad G. Chritton, 40, (left) and his wife, Melinda J. Drabek-Chritton, 42, (middle) are charged with torturing and starving Chritton's 15-year-old daughter who was forced to live in the basement of their Southeast Side home. Joshua P. Drabek, 18, (right) the girl's stepbrother, is charged with two counts of sexually assaulting the girl, along with child abuse

A husband and wife accused of torturing and starving the man's teenage daughter are expected to enter pleas this week.

The girl's stepmother and father, Melinda Drabek-Chritton, 42, and Chad G. Chritton, 40, are charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety, child abuse and neglect. Her stepbrother, Joshua P. Drabek, 18, is charged with two counts of child sexual assault and child abuse.

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The husband and wife are scheduled to enter pleas Monday afternoon to charges of reckless endangerment, child abuse and child neglect. The stepbrother is scheduled to enter pleas to a child abuse charge and two sexual assault counts at the same proceeding.

According to a criminal complaint, the girl, who weighed about 70 pounds, had been locked in the basement since she was 9 years old and told police she scavenged food from the garbage, the floor and the dirty laundry. A child abuse expert said the girl had experienced "serial torture."

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