600-pound couple accused of starving daughter speak out, solicit money

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Melinda Drabek-Chritton and Chad Chritton claim the child abuse allegations are fantasies
Melinda Drabek-Chritton and Chad Chritton, the 600-pound Wisconsin couple accused of starving their 15-year-old daughter down to 70 pounds and forcing her to eat human waste, have set up a website soliciting donations for their legal defense.

The couple describe a hard life on the website: Chad is a "40-year-old American man" who "lived paycheck to paycheck" supporting his family after leaving the Army; Melinda has developed serious medical problems, including diabetes, after giving birth to their first child. Although life was hard, the site says, "they had each other, and their faith."

On the "background" page of the website, the couple says there's "no doubt" that the 15-year-old, identified as "SLC," has "significant mental health problems." The Chrittons claim the girl is a liar dealing with significant physical and emotional trauma from previously living with her mother and a registered sex offender in Texas.

To explain the daughter's weight at the time of their arrest, the couple's website includes an unsigned testimonial from a man named "Mike," who claims that the daughter often refused food.

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Joshua Drabek allegedly abused his stepsister

Another testimonial, from "Stephanie," says Chad loved his daughter and would've never starved her.

SLC escaped the family's Madison, Wisconsin, home February 6 and was discovered by a motorist, who called police. SLC weighed 70 pounds when she came to law enforcement's attention. Her face was "sunken," collarbones popping out.

Following interviews with the girl, prosecutors alleged in a criminal complaint that the family locked SLC in the basement, where she was starved. SLC told police she was deprived of a bathroom and used "boxes or containers" to relieve herself. When things got messy, the girl reported to investigators, "they will make me eat it. Or drink it or rub it on my face."

In a page titled "Other Facts," the couple claims that SLC lived in the basement in part to keep her physically separated from Joshua Drabek, her stepbrother, who had been "accused of inappropriately touching his cousin."

After that allegation, "the government" mandated certain steps be taken to protect the girl from Joshua, which is why she lived downstairs with a special door, according to the Chrittons' website.

Despite the precautions, Joshua Drabek has been charged with sexually abusing SLC. But the family contends that SLC is lying, and claims SLC falsely accused Joshua of molesting her when she was 9 because she was "ashamed" to be caught masturbating.

There are two sides to every story. None here are for the faint of heart.

The Chrittons face felony child abuse charges for what authorities refer to as "serial child torture."

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andreatte
andreatte

First of all to the idiots who mention the child faking, i cant imagine being 70 pounds at 15 years old, grossly underweight is the understatement of the century here.

Second of all, people who are abused, trapped, assaulted, brainwaished experience something called Stockholms Syndrome in as little as 48 hours people can be brainwashed in fear of their lives not to leave.  Can you imagine the life this poor girl endured?

Third of all, i couldn't resist mentioning the likelihood of this broad being a "Flight Risk" is probably as likely as i am going to get struck by lightnig at my desk.

Sad all around, i hope this child finds therapy and a foster family who can bring her back to health (mentally and physically)

famousamos1223
famousamos1223

The so called "facts" that the government put alarm devices in the house to protect the chid?? That is ridiculous in itself..Just because he was honorably discharged from the military does not make him a saint. The picture on the website are old and clearly these people took a turn for the worse. They are disgusting filthy people and deserve to rot in jail..

eustache_dauger
eustache_dauger

600 pound couple? First of all, what does their weight have to do with anything. Second, assuming their weight is significant, why are you giving the combined weight of the pair. Make no mistake, I feel no sympathy for these two. I just can't help but notice that whenever a fat person gets in the papers the papers feel the need to point at the fatness. You will never see a headline "185 pound man robs convenience store".

Joe.
Joe.

She was 15 years old and 70 pounds, that's all I need to know.  If my daughter was as "disturbed" as they are making her out to be and refusing food I would be doing absolutely everything I could to ensure she got help and was fed long before she reached that level.  I don't believe in pronouncing guilt prematurely, but these people make my skin crawl.

Perp Walk Fan
Perp Walk Fan

Sorry assed Hambeasts.  Let them learn how it feels to starve.  

Mordean20
Mordean20

These are the worst fat pigs ive ever heard of! and that Joshua boy looks like a freakin pedophile anyways! and I agree! that sick freak shoulda been locked up in the basement not the little girl. thats freakin pathetic and disgusting in so many ways! that mother in law or whatever she is, looks absolutely sick in the head as well

Sara
Sara

At least, if anything, this should help the case against them. Savages.

Geargirly
Geargirly

WHY WAS SHE (THE VICTIM) PUT IN THE BASEMENT??   SEEMS LIKE THEY ARE PUNISHING THE VICTIM.  JOSHUA SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE ONE LOCKED IN THE BASEMENT!

Erica
Erica

The fact that these two slugs are attacking the victim does not convince me of their innocence.

kimbev69
kimbev69

they are disgusting pigs and to put this website out to raise money is an abomination and it should be removed....i know they aren't convicted yet but to attack the victim in this situation is appalling.

Steve
Steve

hello, their weight has EVERYTHING to do with why this story is significant because they were all overly well fed but the girl was 70 lbs. 70 fucking pounds! When I was 15 I was skinny as a rail at almost 6 feet but even then I weighed over 115 lbs. Little kids that are half that height should be around 70 lbs. But a 15 year old? Unless she is missing her legs even for a petite little girl that is VASTLY underweight.

There are plenty of times fat people commit crimes and their weight is never mentioned-so it sounds you are being overly sensitive here. Since this crime is about food, access to food and being locked up and unable to eat-AND BEING FORCED TO EAT FECES at times when she was-why is this egregiously overfed whale's weight NOT an issue? Instead of booting the pedophile boy out of the house, they locked HER(the victim) in the basement WITHOUT FOOD, WITHOUT A TOILET. Sorry we live in a fat phobic society but if that alone is blinding you to why these people's weight is pertinent to the case, you are not paying close enough attention.

eustache_dauger
eustache_dauger

I don't think I'm being oversensitive. I'm not really being sensitive at all. I was merely asking a question that occurred to me. But I'll say it clearer. The couple starved and abused that poor girl because they were evil people, not because they were fat evil people, so why point out that they are fat? They want people like you to draw lines in your  head and come to the conclusion that the fat people were eating her food. That would be a better story. But they don't present any evidence to that. At no point did the article say that they ate her share. They could have fed her too. They didn't because they're evil. The paper just said fat and waited for you to juice the story up in your head. That way they can pretend they have the story they want and they can't be sued for libel. If they had sat on the poor kid, their weight would matter. In a case like this it's just sensationalism.

eustache_dauger
eustache_dauger

Okay. I see your point, and I think you've seen mine. I'm still baffled by why they call them a 600 pound couple, though. I mean, if the man weighed 95 pounds and the woman weighed 505 they would be a 600 pound couple. Giving the total weight of a group of people in a case like this gives you a bigger, yet less useful, number.

Steve
Steve

In that respect, no. her weight doesn't have anything to do with her situation but her crimes are centered around the withholding of food from a young growing girl. Not for one minute did I ever make the assumption about who ate whose portion of food, only that a women who clearly has no problem feeding and even over feeding herself sees fit to starve one member of her family while feeding everyone else in the home without incident. At minimum, its makes her crime ironically difficult to fathom, outside the obviousness of their evil. Without hearing her talk-their excuses in print have been bad enough-making every possible excuse including health related issues such as diabetes as to why she was not taking proper care of this girl. I don't think fat in itself is bad, and I don't think fat people are 'bad' or even unhealthy just because they are fat-there is too much about case by case basis differences. But if you can stuff your face to maintain that type of body-poor nutrition combined with inactive lifestyle choices while there is a starving child in the basement-you deserved to be called out. Saying that mention of her weight is sensationalism misses the point that it makes the abuse covered in the story even harder to imagine-and while it may not be 'kind' its a fact.

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