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.