Wisconsin couple accused of locking teenage daughter in basement, forcing her to wear diaper

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WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin couple accused of locking their 13-year-old daughter in a basement and forcing her to wear diapers have been charged with child neglect.

According to WITI, it was an anonymous call to Brookfield police that finally got the attention of officials in Waukesha County. The caller told police a teenage girl was being kept in the basement of a Brookfield home — being “treated like an animal.”

Court records say the girl continually showed up at school with dried feces on her, and that her stepfather called her "Stink" and refused to let her use the family bathroom or furniture.

Prosecutors say the child has low-level autism and some cognitive disabilities and was forced into the basement every day after school. The complaint says the girl slept on a cot and had no toilet or sink. The basement was around 50 degrees, and the girl's blankets were taken away because she soiled them.

WITI-TV reports the girl has been removed from the home in Brookfield, just west of Milwaukee.

The couple’s first court appearance is scheduled for next week.

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3 comments

  • Shawn

    I thought I felt something! I was picking up my wife at the UP North Winnetka Metra stop and felt my Jeep Grand Cherokee lunge back then forward to the East then back to the West and come to a rest. I was picking up my wife who was on the 5:35 train that is scheduled to arrive at 6:03. Felt it for sure!

  • carol

    They need to lock these people in a basement with diapers for eternity. I can’t wait to see how they get punished for cruelty to a child , let alone a mildly autistic child. Hell she probably ain’t even autistic. It’s probably development fit order from the environment she’s in.

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