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Incident Report for Case #2012-33163

Incident Type

Child Abuse

Incident Date

02/06/2012 - 3:15 PM

Address

Madison's Southeast Side

Arrested

Male, age 40, Madison
Suspect was arrested for Child Abuse.

Female, age 42, Madison
Suspect was arrested for Child Abuse.

Male, age 18, Madison
Suspect was arrested on a Probation & Parole hold.

Victim(s)

Female, age 15, Madison

Details

The Madison Police Department is investigating a significant child abuse and neglect case involving a 15-year old girl. The amount of information being made public is limited as this case is continuing to unfold at the time of this writing.

The initial contacts with law enforcement began on the afternoon of Monday, February 6th when a passerby found the girl walking outside, without shoes or socks, clad only in pajamas. The victim was a couple of blocks from her house, and in obvious need of help. The concerned citizen notified McFarland Police who in turn summoned McFarland EMS to evaluate the malnourished teen. She was transported to a Madison hospital.

It was determined this was a Madison case. The MPD was contacted and a patrol officer responded to the hospital to gather information.

From the onset, it was clear the 70-pound girl was dramatically underweight. The child’s father provided medical explanations for her physical condition.

On Wednesday, February 8th, a hospital social worker provided information to the MPD indicating there was likely much more to the case, and the investigation escalated.

A doctor, who specializes in child abuse, examined the teen on Friday, February 10th, and diagnosed her condition as, “serial child torture with prolonged exposure to definite starvation.”

A forensic interview was conducted at Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center on Friday, February 10th. The Safe Harbor interview provided probable cause to make 3 arrests. Late on Friday the child’s 40-year old father and 42-year old stepmother were arrested on tentative charges of Child Neglect. In addition, the 18-year old step brother was arrested on a Probation and Parole hold.

In summary: Detectives learned she lived with her father, a stepmother, an adult step-brother, and two younger stepchildren. While the rest of the family resided upstairs, she was forced to spend most of her time in the basement, without a bathroom, and being given very little to eat. There was an alarm that would sound if she went upstairs.


A search warrant was executed on the family’s Southeast Side home Monday afternoon, February 13th. Potential evidence was seized. Interviews and evidence gathering continue.

The MPD has had prior calls regarding members of the family. One case, in 2007, involved the victim. An unnamed party alleged the girl may have been molested by a family member. The girl did not corroborate the allegation during the investigation by the MPD. At the time, she appeared healthy, and her family was unwilling to cooperate with a MPD detective. The detective told other involved agencies that if the child was to make future disclosures pertaining to the allegation that the detective should be contacted so the investigation could proceed. No further information was brought to the MPD.

The child is currently not enrolled in a public or private school.

The MPD is working closely with many agencies on this case.

Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center is a member of the National Children's Alliance. Its’ mission is to provide comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate services to victims of child abuse. It is a safe and friendly place where law enforcement officers can take children to talk about what has happened to them.


To learn more about Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center you can go to http://safeharborhelpskids.org/aboutus.html . If you would like to know more about Child Advocacy Centers on a national scale, visit website
www.nationalchildrensalliance.org

Released 02/14/2012 at 1:31 PM by PIO Joel DeSpain