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MADISON, Wis. (AP) —A prosecutor has filed more charges against a husband and wife accused of torturing and starving the man’s teenage daughter and forcing the girl to live in their basement.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne on Monday filed new felony counts of causing a child mental harm, failing to protect a child, false imprisonment and child neglect against both the man and woman.

They already face charges of reckless endangerment, child abuse and child neglect. They both pleaded not guilty to all the counts Monday afternoon.

The girl’s stepbrother also has been charged with sexually assaulting her. The Associated Press isn’t naming any of the defendants to avoid identifying the girl, who fled the couple’s home in February. A passing motorist found her on the street.

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