Madison, Wis. -- A Wisconsin man accused of locking his teenage daughter in the basement and starving her says the girl suffered from behavioral problems.
The 42-year-old man testified Wednesday that he once woke up to find his daughter standing over his bed with a steak knife.
The Madison man says he tried to get her psychological help but no one could give him any satisfactory answers.
A jury convicted the man of felony child neglect in March, acquitted him of a misdemeanor neglect charge and deadlocked on four other counts, including false imprisonment and child abuse. Prosecutors decided to retry him on those charges. The new trial began Nov. 12.
The man didn't testify in his first trial.
The Associated Press is not naming the man to avoid identifying the girl.