Invisible Children

Child of Chad Chritton and Melinda Drabek-Chritton

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.


A  severely malnourished 15 year old girl was found wandering barefoot on the side of a road in the middle of a Wisconsin winter, crying, after escaping the basement dungeon where she had been confined for the past six years by her father, Chad Chritton, and stepmother, Melinda Drabek-Chritton. The girl had been pulled from school to be homeschooled after school officials began to suspect that she was abused. The girl had been systematically starved by her parents and was severely underweight, her growth stunted. The basement where she lived was rigged so that an alarm would go off if she tried to leave it. The girl was sometimes made to eat her own feces and drink her own urine and had been sexually assaulted by her 18 year old stepbrother, Joshua Drabek.

Date: February 2012
Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Documents: Date:
Starved Girl’s Family Members Charged 2012-02-15
Wisconsin couple starved child, forced her to eat feces 2012-02-15
Child Abuse Victim Was Homeschooled 2012-02-17