A father is going to prison for starving a young girl — his daughter — all the way down to 68 pounds. The man from Wisconsin has since been sentenced to 5 years in jail for the heinous crime this week. The Washington Post reveals this Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, that the dad has argued his daughter suffered from extreme emotional troubles; he claims he never realized how thin his child had become.
The prison sentence given to the father for starving the girl is a minimum of 5 years behind bars. The suspect’s identity has not been revealed, though he is known to be a 42-year-old man. Before being given his criminal sentence by a Dane County Circuit Judge, the accused offered an explanatory statement.
He claimed that his daughter was suffering from severe behavioral and emotional issues that he was “unable to handle.” The neglectful father added that his busy job as a full-time trucker often kept him away from home, and as such, he was unable to keep an eye on his daughter or realize how thin she was getting — no more than a waif-like 68 pounds.
“There was no master plan against my daughter,” the man said, his voice breaking at times, before being charged with jail time. “I was bailing water from a sinking boat with my bare hands.”
This “prison for starving girl” case reached the public’s ears back in early 2012 after the child —who was only 15 years old at the time — decided to run away from home. She was rescued by a passing motorist, who took her to a local police station. The girl admitted to law enforcement officers that she had spent the past 5 years of her life trapped in her father’s basement, and was never given very much food. She only was able to nibble on scraps that barely kept her alive.
The county judge said that while it was quite evident the girl had serious mental health issues, but he nonetheless said to the neglectful dad: “It’s your turn to accept your part in this.”
“What I think you did was put your head in the sand. It’s your job as a dad to see it and you didn’t. Really, the buck stops with you,” the judge said.
According to the press release on the “prison for starving girl” story:
“The girl also told investigators that her stepmother beat her, her stepbrother repeatedly forced her to perform oral sex on him and she was forced to eat her feces and drink her own urine when she couldn’t get to scraps.”
“They made me feel like I was dehumanized a lot,” the girl said in a letter to the judge. “It’s all thanks to my stupid dad and stepmom for not giving me an education and keeping me locked up for most of my life and making me feel like I was in a scary spot in my life.”
The identities of this troubled family have not been disclosed at this time in order to protect the safety and welfare of the victim.