Legal Defense Fund

What Happened?

On February 10, 2012, Chad Chritton, and his wife Melinda Drabek-Chritton, were arrested for the first time in their lives. They are charged with Recklessly endangering the safety of Chad’s daughter SLC, child abuse of the 15-year-old girl, and child neglect of the 15-year-old girl. The 15-year-old girl came up with the incredible story and Dr. Barbara Knox diagnosed SLC as suffering from “serial child torture.” Not just the local media sensationalized the story, it went national. With that backdrop, the Court set bail for Chad and Melinda so high they could not meet it and they remain in jail today, unable to make bond. While in jail, Melinda reported that the jail lost some of her medication and have not replaced it and will not let her have other items she needs for her medical care. Melinda told her father her kidneys are failing, and her father has stated that he is unaware the jail has taken Melinda to the doctor to address her medical needs.

In a day and age where Courts routinely give signature bonds to drug dealers, burglars, and even to people who have long criminal records, a high cash bond that the Court knows Chad and Melinda cannot meet, was set for them and they are held in jail. Please remember that the State has come in and have taken their three minor children, including SLC, and put them in foster care. Please remember that Melinda and Chad have never been arrested before for anything, lived in their own home for years, Chad was an eight year, honorably discharged Army veteran who was employed. WHY? Could it be that those instruments of big government who have all of this power are caught-up in the high-profile of this case and are using it to show all of us how big government is needed to protect us and our children from us? Also, and most importantly, please remember that both Chad and Melinda have consistently maintained their innocence throughout and continue to do so today.

c/o Attorney William J. Hayes

1725 North Lodge Drive

Beloit, Wisconsin 53511





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