A father was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday for starving his 15-year-old daughter.
The 42-year-old Wisconsin-native denied his daughter food until she weighed only 68 pounds. She was instead required to consume her on feces and drink her own urine.
Her stepmother was also found guilty for physical abuse and her stepbrother is still awaiting trial for forcing the girl into sexual activities.
The unidentified teenage girl managed to run away February 2012 and a passing motorist discovered her walking outside.
Judge Julie Genovese, overseeing the trial at Dane County Circuit court, learned the details of the young girl’s torment from reading her personalized letters.
The girl, who was locked away for five years in the basement of the family home, shared how she felt about her unruly treatment:
“They made me feel like I was dehumanized a lot. 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 stepmother told the judge that the malnourished girl was punished for her bad behavioral issues. However, the father stated that there was no reason behind the treatment done to his daughter.
“There was no master plan against my daughter,” the man said during court, according to the Washington Post.
The father also testified that his daughter had threatened to kill the family and refused to eat. He believed her behavior stemmed from sexual abuse she experienced while living with her stepfather in Texas.
The Journal Sentinel reported that the father was found guilty for “child neglect, child abuse, reckless endangerment and causing mental harm to a child.”
The stepmother will also serve five years in prison as the father. The judge believed that because they stole five years from the girl’s life, that they deserved the same.