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Hearing postponed for Wis. parents in abuse case

Judge postpones hearing for Wisconsin parents accused of starving, torturing teen daughter By The Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) ' A judge has postponed a preliminary hearing for a Wisconsin couple accused of torturing and starving the man's teenage daughter because the prosecution's main witness was unable to attend.

Prosecutors intended to call Barbara Knox, a doctor who examined the girl after she ran away from home. But Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Tuesday that Knox couldn't be in court because her child was sick.

Judge Amy Smith postponed the hearing until Friday.

Defense attorney William Hayes had hinted that he would address the girl's mental health during the hearing. He said he reviewed her allegations "and the word 'rubbish' came to mind." He declined to elaborate to reporters after it was postponed.

The girl weighed 70 pounds when found, which is about what the average 9-year-old weighs.

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