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Wisconsin couple accused of locking 13-year-old girl in basement, forcing her to wear diapers

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.

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.

WITI-TV (http://bit.ly/1HRWSxC ) reports the girl's mother and stepfather are charged with child neglect.

When police removed the girl from their home in Brookfield, just west of Milwaukee, the temperature in her basement bedroom was around 50 degrees. An anonymous caller tipped police, saying the girl was being treated like an animal.

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Information from: WITI-TV, http://www.fox6now.com