I know we hear a lot about bad parenting these days, but this story officially takes the cake.
A Wisconsin man who locked his daughter in a basement, starved her until she was a mere 68 pounds, and allowed her to be beaten and sexually assaulted, is now facing serious jail time. The little girl was tortured from the ages of 10 through 16 until she finally escaped wearing only her pajamas.
Now, the victim is seeking justice.
The father, Chad Chritton, wasn't alone in this crime. He also had the help of his stepson, who would go down to the basement to assault the young girl, and his wife, who would beat her. The victim was often denied food and would have to resort to begging.
The family tried to give excuses for why the girl looked so malnourished, explaining she suffered from bulimia. The father also pleaded that she stayed in the basement because a psychologist claimed it was a good idea. He even called the girl's suffering a mistake.
There was absolutely no "mistake" in purposely torturing your daughter -- your own flesh and blood -- for six years. It's nauseating that he could even utter those words as an excuse.
The wife ended up getting sentenced to five years in prison, the stepson will stand trial next year, but something rubs me the wrong way about Chris Chritton's sentence. He was found guilty of three felonies: second-degree reckless endangerment, child abuse and causing mental harm to a child. But only faces up to 34 years in prison. Something doesn't seem right here. I think that man deserves to be locked up for his entire life. And I'm sure that little girl would agree.
Do you think justice was served?
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