Ultimate Betrayal: Forced to Kill His Father
August 1, 2014
At age 10, Corey, 21, claims he was manipulated by his “abusive” stepmother, Judith, into shooting and killing his father — and telling police it was an accident. Judith is now serving a life sentence for aggravated murder and other charges, but Corey says he also blames his birth mother, Wendy, for his father’s death. Did she put Corey in harm’s way? Plus, a mother loses custody of her newborn child — is her sister to blame?
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Ultimate Betrayal: Forced to Kill His FatherWhen Corey was only 10 years old, he was manipulated, he says, after years of torture and abuse by his step-mother, Judith, and forced to put a gun to his sleeping father’s head and pull the trigger. Corey kept the secret for nine years, claiming Judith threatened to kill him if he ever told the truth.
Eventually, though, Corey confided in a teacher, who reported it to the police. After an investigation and trial, Judith was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
"There’s no way I can make sense out of this,” Dr. Phil says. "There’s nothing that I can say, or she can say or anybody can say that will make any of that OK. Nobody can give you back those years. Nobody can take away the pain and the hurt and the suffering and now the guilt you feel about what you did. And I’m telling you, your goal has got to be to forgive yourself.
“There’s a truth I believe that says, ‘The only thing necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.’ And if you do nothing, if you just stay paralyzed and frozen, [Judith] wins."
Dr. Phil offers professional resources to Corey, to help him with his feelings of guilt, anger and bitterness, and to help him build a new relationship with his mother, if he chooses. Corey and Wendy agree to participate.
Betrayed by Her Sister?Michelle says she believes her sister, Tashena, caused her to lose custody of her 6-month-old daughter, who has special medical needs. Michelle says someone contacted CPS, claiming she and her boyfriend smoked weed and physically fought around their daughter — claims she denies.
Tashena denies contacting CPS but says she is happy that somebody did. She claims her sister's irresponsible parenting, including missing about a dozen doctor's appointments, is what is really to blame for Michelle losing custody. "I think I'm more attached to my niece than my sister is," Tashena says.
Dr. Phil tells Michelle that he thinks Tanesha is trying to help her, not hurt her. He encourages Michelle to continue working on her list of requirements to get her daughter back.