Wis. man accused of starving daughter out of jail

June 5, 2012 - 9:05 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Madison man accused of starving and torturing his 15-year-old daughter has posted bail and been released from jail.

Sheriff's Sgt. Nick Skrepenski says the man was releasxed Monday about 5:30 p.m. after his $9,000 bail was paid.

The man and his wife are accused of locking the girl in the basement of their home and denying her food until she wasted away to 68 pounds, the weight of an average 9-year-old.

The girl's stepbrother is also accused of sexually assaulting her. The Associated Press isn't naming any of the defendants to protect the girl's identity.

The father and stepmother each face six felonies, including child abuse and neglect.

The father's defense attorney, William J. Hayes, hung up on a reporter when asked for comment Monday afternoon.