Teen Says She Asked Parents If She Could Sleep In A Cage: ‘I Wanted To Be Like The Rest Of My Siblings’

Abba says she was a newborn when she was adopted by Michael and Sharen Gravelle, who went on to foster and adopt a total of 11 children. While Abba says she was close with her siblings, she said they had very different experiences growing up in the Gravelle household.

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“My brothers and sisters were kept in cages. I was the only one that slept in a bed. I would even ask my parents if I could sleep in a cage because I wanted to be like the rest of my siblings,” Abba says. “One of my sisters who had Down syndrome, I witnessed my parents shoving a sock down her throat.”

The now 19-year-old says she felt scared and afraid. “Although I was never physically abused, I was emotionally abused by witnessing the abuse,” she says.

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She also says she carried guilt for being treated better than her brothers and sisters. “My siblings would always ask me, ‘Oh, Abba. You get treated better than us. Why is that?’ — “I never knew the answer why. I felt really guilty,” she shares.

When Abba was 10, her parents were arrested and she was removed from the only home she knew. The Gravelles were eventually convicted of four felony accounts of child endangering, two misdemeanor accounts of child endangering and five misdemeanor accounts of child abuse and spent two years in prison.

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Hear more of Abba’s story in the video above. And on Wednesday’s episode of Dr. Phil, don’t miss Abba’s emotional reunion with one of her siblings whom she hasn’t seen in 10 years. Check here to see where you can watch.

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‘I Spent Most Of My Early Childhood Locked Up In A Cage’

“Most people, when they talk about their childhood, a lot of times they talk about these great memories. My childhood was far from that,” says Simon. “I spent most of my early childhood locked up in a cage.”

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When Simon was 2 years old, he was adopted by Sharen and Michael Gravelle. He claims that he and the 10 other foster and adopted kids were “treated like animals” and most were forced to spend time in cages that were 30 inches high, 40 inches wide and 40 inches deep and wired with an alarm to prevent the children from leaving.

“The best way to describe the cage was it was a structure of torture,” Simon says of the brightly painted wood chambers that were surrounded by wire. “During the day, most of the kids were allowed out of the cage except me. I wasn’t allowed out of the cage very much because they didn’t like me.”

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Simon claims he slept on a wood floor without a blanket and often had to urinate in the “cage.”

“Sitting in that cage, I felt like a person that didn’t belong in this world, a person that was meant to be tortured. There were some times where I even felt like I deserved it,” the now 18-year-old says.

In the video above, hear more of Simon’s story, including why he says he believes the Gravelles, who were convicted of four felonies and seven misdemeanors and spent two years in prison, treated him and his siblings the way they did. And on Wednesday’s episode of Dr. Phil, watch Simon’s surprise reunion with one of his siblings whom he hasn’t seen in 10 years. Check here to see where you can tune in.

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Man Who Helped Save 11 Kids From Abusive Parents Shares His Story

Carlyle says when he went to meet Sharen and Michael Gravelle about helping them take care of their children on the weekends, he was shocked by what he saw at their home.

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“Sharen referred to all of the 11 children as monkeys. I thought that it was racist. I was appalled,” Carlyle claims. “Michael looked me right dead in the eyes and said, ‘I consider myself to be Moses leading these children to the promised land.’”

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Carlyle claims he heard Sharen tell one of the children to go upstairs and lock himself in his cage after he went to the bathroom in his pants, and that Michael told him the way he would know if the children were trying to escape from their cages is if their fingers were cut from the wire.

“I thought these children were being raised by monsters,” Carlye says. “Knowing how these children are being abused in this house, it was very hard for me to leave. I got in my car and I was driving away from those kids, and I had pulled to the side of the road and I literally sobbed for their welfare.”

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Carlyle says he reported what he saw to the company he worked for and social services interviewed him, but he claims they did nothing until three years later when he heard that the Gravelles had been arrested. The Gravelles were eventually convicted of four felony accounts of child endangering, two misdemeanor accounts of child endangering and five misdemeanor accounts of child abuse, and spent two years in prison.

“I wish that they had been put away for life,” Carlyle says. “I don’t personally know the kids and I don’t think they know who I am, but what I want them to know is I love each and every one of them.”

On Wednesday’s episode of Dr. Phil, see Carlyle’s emotional reunion with two of the children who lived in the home. Check here to see where you can watch.

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Teen Siblings Who Were Removed From Adoptive Parents Home Because Of Abuse Reunite After 10 Years

How Two Teens Who Suffered A Traumatic Childhood Can Work Through Their Fears

Simon and Abba were removed from the home of Michael and Sharen Gravelle in 2005 after it was discovered that many of the Gravelle’s fostered and adopted children spent time in cages.

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Simon claims most of his siblings were “treated like animals” and were rarely allowed to leave the cages.

Abba says that she carries enormous guilt because she says she was treated better than her siblings — allowed to sleep in a bed and leave the house — and she never understood why.

In the video above, Dr. Phil offers advice to the siblings, now 18 and 19, who say they both need to heal from their experiences.

“When you go through these kinds of things, it creates wounds to what I call our psychological skin,” Dr. Phil says. “And both of you have had your psychological skin burned in a really, really bad way. And if you don’t ever deal with that, you don’t when it’s going to pop back up.”

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He continues, “What you need to make sure you do is that you fully, 100 percent, take your power back from this experience. That you fully, 100 percent, heal those wounds, that you don’t let things fester inside you.”

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Dr. Phil offers Simon and Abba specialized care to help them work through their feelings and move on from their past.

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Former Sheriff Describes What He Says It Was Like Inside House Where 11 Kids Were Rescued From Abusive Parents

In 2005, authorities removed 11 children ranging from ages 1-14 from the home of Michael and Sharen Gravelle. When law enforcement entered the home, they say they discovered multiple stacked cages surrounded by chicken wire where most of the children were forced to spend time.

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In the video above, Dick Sutherland, who was the Sheriff of Huron County in 2005 and one of the first responders to the Gravelle home, describes what else he says he encountered upon entering the home that day.

“The first thing that hit me going into the Gravelle residence was the odor of urine, and it got worse as you got farther into the house,” Sutherland recalls. “You get upstairs where the cages were and it was just, you cannot imagine.”

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Dr. Phil tells Sutherland that throughout the year, the Dr. Phil show has been featuring a series called Behind the Badge to remind people that there are real human beings that wear the badge and that stand in the gap between people and bad elements in society. “When you walked through that door and saw these children, you weren’t a cop, you weren’t a Sheriff; you were a father, and a man and a human being. And this touched you a lot, did it not?” Dr. Phil asks.

“It most definitely did,” Sutherland responds. “Those children should be commended.”

On Wednesday’s episode of Dr. Phil, hear the stories of two of the children who were rescued from the Gravelle’s home. And, see their emotional reunion with each other after 10 years. Check here to see where you can watch.

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Watch Emotional Meeting Between Teens And Man Who Helped Save Them From Abusive Parents

Simon and Abba were two of 11 foster and adopted siblings rescued from their parents’ home in 2005 after law enforcement discovered the living conditions in the home. Simon and most of his siblings were spending time in cages surrounded by wire and wired with an alarm to alert their parents if they tried to leave.

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The parents, Sharen and Michael Gravelle, were eventually convicted of four felony accounts of child endangering, two misdemeanor accounts of child endangering and five misdemeanor accounts of child abuse, and spent two years in prison.

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After Simon and Abba, now 18 and 19, were reunited by Dr. Phil for the first time in 10 years, the siblings watch a video where the man who reported the abuse which led to their rescue describes what he claims he saw in the home that inspired him to take action.

In the video above, Simon and Abba meet the man, Carlyle, for the first time. Watch their emotional reunion. And on Wednesday’s episode, see more surprises Dr. Phil has for these courageous teens. Check here to see where you can watch.

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Parents Convicted Of Child Endangerment Defend Their Behavior

Teen Siblings Who Were Removed From Adoptive Parents Home Because Of Abuse Reunite After 10 Years

When Simon was 2 years old, he was adopted by Michael and Sharen Gravelle. The Gravelles house eventually grew to be filled with 11 fostered and adopted children.

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But Simon claims the house was anything but happy. He claims he and most of his siblings were “treated like animals” and spent time confined in cages. Watch more of his story here.

When he was 8, the Gravelles were arrested and the children were moved to other homes. Simon hasn’t seen many of his siblings since that day 10 years ago.

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“I think about it every day. I miss my twin sister. I miss my brother. I miss all of them, really,” Simon tells Dr. Phil on Wednesday’s episode.

In the video above, Dr. Phil surprises Simon by reuniting him with his older sister Abba, whom he hasn’t seen or spoken to in 10 years. Watch their emotional reunion. And on Wednesday’s episode, the brother and sister are reunited with the man who reported the abuse which helped lead to their rescue. Check here to see where you can watch.

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Parents Convicted Of Child Endangerment Defend Their Behavior

Parents Convicted Of Child Endangerment Defend Their Behavior

In 2005, authorities removed 11 children from the home of Michael and Sharen Gravelle after law enforcement discovered that their adopted and foster kids, aged 1-14, were spending time confined in stacked cages surrounded by wire and wired with an alarm, and the home smelled of urine.

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At the time, the Gravelle’s reportedly said they built enclosures to protect their special needs children from themselves and each other – and they denied abusing them. In an interview with Good Morning America before their conviction, the parents insisted their kids were not kept in cages.

“They are full sized twin beds long enough for a 6-foot plus man to lie down,” Sharen said. “There are no locks. We didn’t even lock our house at night.”

“I built them specifically with the mattress in mind,” Michael added.

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In the video above from Wednesday’s episode of Dr. Phil, two of the Gravelle’s children, 18-year-old Simon and 19-year-old Abba respond to their adoptive parents’ claims. And, they share their feelings about the Gravelles receiving a two-year prison sentence.

On Wednesday’s episode, Simon and Abba are reunited with the man who reported the abuse which then helped with their rescue. Check here to see where you can watch the reunion.

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Teen Siblings Who Were Removed From Adoptive Parents Home Because Of Abuse Reunite After 10 Years

‘You Can’t Be In That Relationship And Trust Yourself To Make Good Judgements,’ Says Dr. Phil To Guest Whose Husband Allegedly Abused Their Kids

Ten-year-old Dominic died in 2015, from an overdose of hydrocodone and sepsis. His parents, Joseph and Jennifer, have been charged with criminal child abuse in connection with his death.

The couple’s 17-year-old daughter, Rebecca says she’s angry with Jennifer because she feels her mother spends all her time focusing on Joseph, instead of her surviving children.

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Joseph, who strongly denies family members’ claims that he has a history of controlling his family, is currently in jail on a probation violation.

Jennifer, who acknowledges Joseph has been abusive toward her and the children in the past when he was drinking, says Joseph is her “soul-mate.” She’s been working to secure his release from jail.

On Tuesday’s episode, Dr. Phil tells Jennifer that if what she claims is true, she’s been dominated by Joseph to the point that she’s allowed him to abuse their children, and coerced her into doing the same. “So that means you can’t be in that relationship and trust yourself to make good judgments.”

“Abuse is not just getting beat on,” he continues. My wife has an entire foundation devoted to this: When Georgia Smiled. And one of her missions is to empower and help women – just like you – that are caught in this.”

This episode airs Tuesday. Find out where you can watch here.

To learn more about Robin McGraw’s foundation: When Georgia Smiled and The Aspire Initiative, an interactive program which helps those caught in the cycle of domestic abuse identify and take steps to end it, visit WhenGeorgiaSmiled.org.

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Couple Faces Criminal Charges In Death Of 10-Year-Old Son

Man Claims He And His Wife Were Charged With Child Abuse Because They Pursued A Medical Negligence Suit In Son’s Death

Joseph says neither he nor his wife, Jennifer, is responsible for the death of their 10-year-old son, Dominic. The couple says they were charged with criminal child abuse after the boy died in 2015 from a hydrocodone overdose and sepsis.

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Jennifer, a registered nurse, says she gave Dominic a half-dose just one time from her own prescription because she claims he was in agony from a hip injury. She claims the child’s doctor later prescribed the same drug and dosage for him.

In a phone-in interview from jail, Joseph says he and Jennifer tried to get Dominic’s doctor to examine the boy on the day he died but claims the physician refused to touch the child. He’s claiming they were charged in Dominic’s death after they decided not to drop a lawsuit claiming the doctor was negligent.

“You don’t think it’s a little bit suspect that at 9:30 in the morning my wife says ‘no we’re not dropping this lawsuit – in fact, we want time to find a different attorney – and at 2 o’clock that same day she’s arrested for this? And at 3 o’clock I get an arrest warrant for it?”

Why does Jennifer say she believes the charges stem from Joseph’s history of domestic violence? And why does their daughter, Rebecca say she’s angry with Jennifer?

This episode of Dr. Phil airs Tuesday. Check here to find your local listing.

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I Shouldn’t Be A Nurse … I Shouldn’t Be A Mom,’ Says RN Who Acknowledges She Missed Signs Her Child Was Dying

Parents Charged With Criminal Child Abuse Deny Responsibility For 10-Year-Old Son’s Death

Jennifer and her husband, Joseph, are being charged with criminal child abuse in the 2015 death of their 10-year-old son, Dominic. Joseph is currently incarcerated on a probation violation, while Jennifer, who is free, says she’s working to get her husband out of jail. The case is pending.

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The couple says their child died from sepsis, and an overdose of hydro hydrocodone, which they were giving him for pain from a bruised hip.

Jennifer, who is a registered nurse, acknowledges she gave her son “half of one of one of my pills which is five milligrams when he was screaming in his sleep crying because he was in so much pain. One time. And then the doctor gave us a prescription for it – the same thing.” She’s claiming that organ failure due to Dominic’s sepsis caused him to not metabolize the drug.

“He hadn’t had a hydrocodone in six hours by the time he woke up,” says Joseph about the day their son died. In a phone interview from jail, Joseph denies that he and Jennifer are responsible for Dominic’s death.

Why does Joseph claim the charges against them were brought as a reprisal for a medical negligence suit they were pursuing against their son’s doctor.

This episode of Dr. Phil airs Tuesday. Check here to find your local listing.

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Man Claims He And His Wife Were Charged With Child Abuse Because They Pursued A Medical Negligence Suit In Son’s Death

Why A Mom Charged In Her Son’s Death Says She’s Fighting To Keep Her Family Together

“I refuse to choose between my children and my husband. I love my husband and I love my kids,” says Jennifer; an RN who, along with her husband, Joseph, has been charged with criminal child abuse in connection with the death of the couple’s 10-year-old son, Dominic. The boy died in 2015, as a result of hydrocodone toxicity in combination with sepsis.

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Joseph is currently incarcerated on a probation violation. Their case is pending. She says she’s working to get Joseph out of jail, but the couple’s daughter, Rebecca, says she thinks he should stay there. Rebecca claims her father is abusive and says she doesn’t understand why Jennifer is putting him “before the needs of her children.”

Jennifer acknowledges that Joseph was abusive in the past, but claims he changed once he stopped drinking nine years ago. Now, she says she just wants to put her family back together.

“When Joe was taken to jail, the kids were put in foster care. I want my kids to know I love their dad. I believe we can be a family again,” says Jennifer. “My children should not have been removed. They were never in danger.” Three of the couple’s four surviving children currently live with Joseph’s sister.

Jennifer and Joseph had another son, Ezekiel, who died as an infant in 2007. Jennifer says the official cause of Ezekiel’s death was SIDS, so why does she say – part of her – blames her husband?

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Why A Daughter Who Claims She Was Abused By Her Dad Says She Always Forgives Him

Why A Daughter Who Claims She Was Abused By Her Dad Says She Always Forgives Him

Emily says she didn’t have a good childhood. She claims her father, Joseph, abused her, her siblings, and their mother Jennifer, daily. “One night he came in my room and started hitting me with a belt,” says Emily. “He repeatedly told me to get out of his house and to leave – I was kicked out of the house.”

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Emily says Joseph isn’t “all bad,” though, and says she always forgives him. “I love my dad more than anything.”

Emily’s sister, Rebecca, also claims that their father beat and abused them, their mother, Jennifer, and their siblings.

Jennifer, who says Joseph is her “soul mate” acknowledges that he has been abusive to her in the past. “That was when he was drinking,” she says. “He quit drinking in 2008.”

Joseph and Jennifer have both been charged with criminal child abuse in connection with the death of their 10-year-old son, Dominic. The child died in 2015 from hydrocodone toxicity in combination with sepsis. The couple, who adamantly deny they’re to blame for Dominic’s death lost a child to SIDS in 2007.

When she’s asked why she allegedly allowed her husband to abuse her children, Jennifer says, “How could I stop him?” She also claims he forced her to beat one of their sons with a belt.

When Dr. Phil asks, “Does that tell you that something is way the hell out-of-whack with your soul-mate?” how does Jennifer respond? And why is Emily coming to her father’s defense?

Tune in to Tuesday’s episode. Find out where you can watch, here.

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Parents Charged With Criminal Child Abuse Deny Responsibility For 10-Year-Old Son’s Death 

Man Denies Daughter’s Claim That He Dominates And Abuses His Family

Brothers Dominic and Ezekiel, died several years apart. Ezekiel died in 2007 as an infant. The children’s mother, Jennifer, says Ezekiel’s death was SIDS-related. Dominic died in 2015 from hydrocodone toxicity in combination with sepsis at age 10. Jennifer and her husband, Joseph, are currently facing charges of criminal child abuse in connection with Dominic’s death. The case is pending.

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The boys’ older sister, Rebecca, claims it’s her dad – not Jennifer – who is responsible for the deaths of her brothers. She claims Joseph dominates and hits her mother and is abusive of his children. Joseph strongly denies her allegations.

“Me and my brother would get into fist fights, and my dad would chase my little brother around the house to beat him,” claims Rebecca.

“Where’s your mother when this is going on?” asks Dr. Phil on Tuesday’s episode.

“Either she’s sleeping, sitting on the couch, or working,” says Rebecca. “Sometimes she would get in his face for it – other times she wouldn’t,” Rebecca claims her father was arrested and sent to jail numerous times for domestic violence.

Joseph is currently in jail in connection with a probation violation. The case is pending. Tune in to Tuesday’s episode to find out why Joseph claims they were arrested as “retribution” for a lawsuit the couple filed against their son’s doctor.

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Why A Mom Charged In Her Son’s Death Says She’s Fighting To Keep Her Family Together

What Finally Inspired a Lifelong Smoker To Quit

There are now more former smokers than there are current smokers in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Amanda can proudly say she is one of them. The young mom says she finally kicked the habit because she wanted to lead a healthier life for her and her children.

“I knew that I wanted to be a better influence on my kids,” she says. “I didn’t want them to start smoking.” 

Amanda says she was a full-blown smoker by eighth grade and gave birth to her first child two months early because she smoked throughout her pregnancy, yet she continued smoking for five more years. “My body was addicted to nicotine. It’s a very powerful substance,” she says.

Now smoke-free for five years and part of the CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers™ Campaign, Amanda offers advice to Chad, a single father who has been smoking for 25 years. When Chad first appeared on Dr. Phil, he committed to quitting and kept his promise for four months. But he says the intense cravings and friends and family who smoke triggered him to pick up cigarettes again.

“Quitting smoking is similar to riding a bike; you’re learning new skills, you’re learning new things about yourself, even if you fall off,” Amanda says to Chad. “I really would encourage you to get up and try again. I know you could do it.”

Dr. Phil points out that it’s important for Chad to acknowledge and recognize that he has the ability to quit, because he’s done it before. “That means it’s within your behavioral repertoire to not do it,” he says. “Quitting is hard but it’s definitely within reach … Never quit trying. Don’t do it for a month; do it until.”

If you or someone you know is looking for help to stop smoking, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or go to CDC.gov/tips for information on how to quit.

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Couple Faces Criminal Charges In Death Of 10-Year-Old Son

Jennifer and Joseph have both been charged in connection with the death of their 10-year-old son, Dominic, in 2015 from a hydrocodone overdose and sepsis.

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Jennifer and Joseph also lost a 2-month-old infant son, Ezekiel, to SIDS, in 2007.

Joseph is currently in jail on a probation violation. Rebecca, who claims her dad is abusive, says she’s angry with Jennifer because “It seems like her only focus is to get him out of jail.” Rebecca, along with her remaining siblings, is currently under an aunt’s care. She says, “My mom has given up on us.”

Why does Rebecca claim her father is to blame for the deaths of her younger brothers? And how does Jennifer – a registered nurse – explain how she missed the signs of Dominic’s illness?

Tune in to Tuesday’s Dr. Phil. Find out where you can watch, here.

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Man Denies Daughter’s Claim That He Dominates And Abuses His Family

‘I Shouldn’t Be A Nurse … I Shouldn’t Be A Mom,’ Says RN Who Acknowledges She Missed Signs Her Child Was Dying

Jennifer and Joseph’s 10-year-old son, Dominic, died in 2015 from sepsis and an overdose of hydrocodone. The couple was arrested and charged with criminal child abuse.

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Jennifer, who is a registered nurse, says her son had a painful hip injury for which she gave him half a pill from her own medication before his doctor prescribed the same drug and dosage for him. She says she believes Dominic died because he couldn’t metabolize the narcotic due to liver and kidney failure brought on by his infection.

“I shouldn’t be a nurse … I shouldn’t be a mom,” says a tearful Jennifer on Tuesday’s Dr. Phil. Did she miss signs that her son was dying?

Check here to find out where you can watch Tuesday’s episode.

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‘You Can’t Be In That Relationship And Trust Yourself To Make Good Judgements,’ Says Dr. Phil To Guest Whose Husband Allegedly Abused Their Kids

Woman Describes The Day She Learned Her Daughters Were Molested By Her Father

After watching an episode of Dr. Phil four years ago about a 15-year-old girl who was raped by members of a football team, Cindi says she was compelled to talk to her young children about what to do in case they ever witnessed sexual abuse. She says she was shocked to learn what her daughter’s had told her: they had been sexually abused by their grandfather, Clyde, Cindi’s father.

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In the video above, Cindi recalls the day in detail, including what happened when she called her mother to tell her what she had learned. And, hear why she says she doesn’t believe her daughters were Clyde’s only victims.

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On Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil, hear how this family says the abuse has torn them apart. And, hear from Cindi’s daughters and what they say they want from their mother. Check here to see where you can watch.

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Sisters Say Mom Is ‘Obsessed’ With Reliving Trauma And Won’t Let Go Of The Past

Mother Describes Enormous Burden Of Guilt She Says She Feels Because Her Daughters Were Molested By Her Father

Cindi says ever since she learned that her father molested her daughters when they were 8 and 10, her life has been in chaos. She admits that she is full of rage and sometimes her daughters and husband are the recipients of her lashing out.

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Cindi also reveals she feels enormous guilt for what happened to her daughters and her behavior in the aftermath.

“I am racked with guilt,” she says in the video above from Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil. “My guilt is so consuming it’s unreal. I don’t know how to get past this. I feel like the worst mother in the world … I failed both of my daughters.

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On Monday’s episode, Dr. Phil offers her advice for how she can peacefully move forward from the past and take back her power. Check here to see where you can watch.

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Young Woman Confronts Mother: ‘There’s Quite A Few Things I Would Like Her To Apologize For’

How A Family Says Grandfather’s Abuse Has Torn Them Apart

Cindi says after watching an episode of Dr. Phil about a young girl who had been raped by members of a football team, she had a discussion with her children about what to do if they ever find themselves in a similar situation. She says she never expected the reaction she saw from her two teen daughters.

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“My oldest daughter, Sydney, became really uptight and angry. She jumped up off the couch and she said, ‘Your dad raped me,’ and she instantly began to cry, and fall to the ground and as she did, she pointed at her little sister, Raechel and she said, ‘Not only did he do it to me, he did it to her, too.’ As I turned and looked at my youngest daughter, she was already curling up on the couch in the fetal position,” Cindi recalls.

“I wanted to kill him and I won’t be shy about that,” says Cindi’s husband, Jason.

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Cindi says once she revealed the secret to her family members, almost all of them took her father’s side. “None of them were concerned with the girls,” she says, of her daughters who were 10 and 8 when they say the abuse occurred. “My extended family, I no longer speak to …” because, Cindy claims, “they are convinced I made this up and forced my children to lie about it. I never would. I’d never put my children through this. I wouldn’t put myself through this.”

Raechel and Sydney testified against Clyde and he was sentenced 86 consecutive years in jail after a three-and-a-half year trial.

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“We thought this nightmare was over a year ago when he was convicted, but we were wrong. It’s not over,” Cindi says.

In the video above, the family describes how their lives have been “consumed” by this tragedy, how they say it has torn apart their family and why they are now at odds with each other. And, on Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil, hear why Cindi says she’s filled with guilt and what Dr. Phil says she must do to get closure. Check here to see where you can watch.

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