Woman Claims Her Sister ‘Kidnapped’ Her Daughter

Sarah says she’s tired of her family trying to control her and making her out to be a danger to her child. “They took my daughter as if she was some kind of object. I’ve been trying to get her back ever since,” says Sarah. She’s claiming her family “kidnapped” her baby girl.

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The child has lived with Sarah’s father, Jim, and stepmother, Cindy, since August 2015. They claim she put her little girl’s safety at risk by exposing her to dangerous situations involving drugs, gangs and other illegal activities.

“I’m not a monster to my own child; I’ve never put my daughter in harm’s way,” says Sarah who denies the allegation. “My family didn’t agree with who I was hanging around with. I’m guilty by association.”

Sarah claims her father forced her into signing over temporary guardianship of her daughter, then put strict conditions on what she would have to do before she would be allowed to see the child again.

“My father lays out these terms and conditions, A, B, C, D, E, and if I don’t follow these guidelines – I’m unable to see my daughter. I missed out on a lot – Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, all because I wasn’t living life on their terms.”

Sarah says she’s gone “above and beyond” for her daughter and claims she’s turning her life around, for the sake of her child. When her family claims they have proof that she’s still involved in illegal activities, how does she respond?

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Woman Whose Family Claims She Engages in Dangerous Activities Says It’s Not Fair To Be Defined By Her Past Mistakes

Origins Behavioral Healthcare Director, T.J. Howard To Parents Seeking Help For Their Daughter: ‘You Don’t Just Stop The Behavior And Then Everything Just Heals,’

Sarah’s parents and sister claim she’s running drugs and prostituting herself two years after she lost custody of her baby girl, claims Sarah denies. The child has been living with Sarah’s father, Jim and his wife, Cindy, since 2015.

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Sarah has walked off the stage after her sister reveals the family has been tracking her movements via GPS, and know her every move.

Origins Behavioral Healthcare Corporate Director, T.J. Howard tells the family, “I think that trauma’s definitely something that needs to be addressed, it just doesn’t get resolved by itself and you don’t just stop the behavior and then everything just heals, or even starts to heal.”

When Dr. Phil tells them she’s been offered a spot at Origins for an in-depth psychiatric evaluation and treatment plan, what’s their reaction? Tune in to Dr. Phil on Thursday.

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Why A Woman’s Family Claims She’s Living ‘A Dark And Scary Life’

Woman Learns Family Tracked Her Using GPS – Exits Dr. Phil Stage

Sarah says her family has misunderstood and rejected her, her entire life; starting with her parents’ divorce before she was born. “My whole life I was in the crossfire between my mother and my father. I felt alone and abandoned no one paid attention to the pain and hurt I felt,” she says.

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Now 23, Sarah says she had never seen her parents get along until they went to court for her daughter. She claims her family “kidnapped” her baby girl for no reason. Her father, Jim, mother, Sharon, stepmother, Cindy and Sister Jamie Lee, say Sarah’s ‘dangerous lifestyle’ meant the child wasn’t safe in her mother’s care. They’re claiming she put her little girl at risk by exposing her to dangerous situations involving drugs, gangs and other illegal activities, which Sarah strongly denies.

“My parents have labeled me as a trouble-maker but they don’t understand why I’ve acted out,” says Sarah who claims she’s made progress in her life and is now ready to take back custody of her child.

“Sarah, we’ve had you followed, you know, we know everywhere you go,” says her sister, Jamie Lee.

Jim says, “It means that we know you’re involved in the bathhouses … we know that you’re out dealing drugs … we know that you’re in the bad parts of town.”

“OK, goodbye. Ha, ha, ha, ha, what a joke. I told them not to do this to me,” says Sarah moments later, as she walks off the stage.

What does Dr. Phil say that helps Sarah to regain her composure? Are there steps can she take to help her reclaim control of her life?

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What A Mom Who Secretly Tracked Her Daughter Via GPS Claims She Found

‘I’ve Got Some Fight Left In Me Still For My Daughter, And For Myself,’ Says Woman Who Claims Her Family Betrayed Her

Sarah, whose family claims she’s running drugs, and prostituting herself two years after she lost custody of her daughter (which Sarah strongly denies), says she’s been making progress in her life and wants her child back. After her sister tells her the family has been following her movements via a GPS on her car and knows everywhere she goes, she’s walked off the Dr. Phil stage.

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Saying she feels betrayed by her family, Sarah meets with Dr. Phil backstage to talk about how she can create a better future for herself and her daughter.

“Call it what you want, say what you want, but you’re making poor choices. You’ve got a problem with drugs, you’ve got a problem with lifestyle, and you need help or you’re not going to get your daughter, now – or ever,” he tells the 23-year-old.

“I’ve got some fight left in me still for my daughter, and for myself,” says Sarah.

When she’s offered a chance to go into the dual diagnosis treatment program at Origins Behavioral Healthcare, does she accept the opportunity to turn her life around?

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Woman Says She Felt Betrayed By Her Sister Who Begged Her To Appear On Dr. Phil

When Sarah was first scheduled to appear on Dr. Phil with her family, she claims she felt rushed and frustrated by the idea, and so, she says, she changed her mind. “My sister begged me to ‘come save this family,’ and on top of that – she offered me $1,000 to come on the show. I felt extremely betrayed.”

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Sarah’s sister, Jaime Lee, says the family “caught wind that she had some people around that were advising her not to do that.”

Sarah is accusing her sister of “kidnapping” her (then) infant daughter, saying she took the child without any cause. Sarah’s father, Jim, and stepmother, Cindy, say they took custody of the child. They claim she was putting her little girl’s safety at risk by exposing her to dangerous situations involving drugs, gangs and other illegal activities, which Sarah vehemently denies.

“I can’t say when she got off the plane I was completely surprised, but it was very frustrating because everybody had worked so hard to try to get her to the Dr. Phil Show,” says Sarah’s mother, Sharon.

Why does Sarah say she decided to see Dr. Phil now? Is she ready to accept the help her family claims she needs?

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Woman Claims Her Sister ‘Kidnapped’ Her Daughter

What A Mom Who Secretly Tracked Her Daughter Via GPS Claims She Found

Sarah’s family claims she lives a violent, dangerous lifestyle. Claiming she runs drugs, associates with gang members, and prostitutes herself, they say her (then) infant daughter just wasn’t safe in her care, which she strongly denies. Sarah’s father, Jim, he and his wife, Cindy, took temporary custody of the child in 2015. The little girl still lives with them today.

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Sarah says she’s been making progress in her life, claiming she’s ready to get her little girl back. But when her sister reveals the family has been tracking her via GPS and knows everywhere she goes, Sarah walks off the Dr. Phil stage.

In the moments following her departure, Sarah’s Mother, Sharon, describes what she claims she found when she secretly put a GPS tracker on Sarah’s car and started following her daughter’s electronic trail.

“I have discovered my daughter at many hotels, sometimes for weekends, sometimes for an hour, sometimes for a day,” she claims.

When a print out from an “average” day in Sarah’s activities is examined, what does Jim claim police told them it says about her activities?

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‘I’ve Got Some Fight Left In Me Still For My Daughter, And For Myself,’ Says Woman Who Claims Her Family Betrayed Her

Woman Whose Family Claims She Engages in Dangerous Activities Says It’s Not Fair To Be Defined By Her Past Mistakes

Sarah says she feels that she has been “emotionally denied” and “disregarded” her entire life. The 23-year-old says she’s been physically, emotionally and sexually abused, and claims her family lacks empathy for the traumas she’s been through.

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“I have…I’ve had no choice but to isolate and to shut down completely, and to hold them at an arm’s length because that’s my coping skill, that’s my coping mechanism,” she says on Thursday’s Dr. Phil.

Sarah’s family says they’re scared for her safety – and her life. They’re claiming she steals from her sister, sells and abuses drugs, associates with gang members, has been prostituting herself, claims she denies. Her father, Jim, and stepmother, Cindy, have had custody of Sarah’s little girl since 2015, claiming she exposed her child to dangerous situations, which she also denies. Then, last April, they say Sarah was arrested for a DUI.

“I want to be clear about what it is – if anything – that you want from me,” Dr. Phil tells Sarah on Thursday’s episode. “How can I help you?”

Sarah says it’s not fair to be defined by her past mistakes. “It definitely opened my eyes; it’s made me realize what I don’t want to be, regardless if I’ve made poor choices, I’m only human. And I just want to know how to, you know, am I crazy to want to break this cycle for my daughter?”

Sarah says that with the help of her mother, Sharon, she’s ready to begin providing a stable home for her child – today.

What does her family claim about Sarah’s recent activities that has her walking off the stage?

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Woman Learns Family Tracked Her Using GPS – Exits Dr. Phil Stage

Why A Woman’s Family Says They Took Custody Of Her Child

Sarah claims her family “kidnapped” her daughter and is keeping the child from her for no reason. Her father, Jim, and stepmother, Cindy, say they took custody of their granddaughter because they claim Sarah associates with gang members, runs drugs, and prostitutes herself. Sarah strongly denies the allegations.

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“She had two arrests – one in April with a felon that had multiple weapons, ammunition, and then the one in November last year with just a – a drug dealer – with a lot of marijuana in his car,” says Jim.

Her mother, Sharon, says Sarah claims she’s been sober for a month; but does the family believe her? And what does Dr. Phil say the show’s security team found?

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Woman Says She Felt Betrayed By Her Sister Who Begged Her To Appear On Dr. Phil

Why A Woman’s Family Claims She’s Living ‘A Dark And Scary Life’

Sarah claims her daughter was “kidnapped” by her sister, Jamie-Lee, and is now being kept from her by her stepmother, Cindy and her father, Jim

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Her family says the reason Sarah doesn’t have custody of her little girl is because she’s living “a dark, and scary life.”

“Sarah has a reputation of aligning herself with some bad men, men who have had felony records, who have been in gangs,” says Jim.

Cindy says she believes Sara is both doing drugs – and selling them. “November twenty-first, Sarah was arrested with three pounds of marijuana in her car with a known gang member.”

“I was terrified day and night here my daughter was and where she was going, and where she would possibly end up,” says Sarah’s mother, Sharon. She says she put a GPS tracker on Sarah’s car to keep tabs on her activities, and Cindy claims it’s shown Sarah visiting multiple houses, apartment buildings, parks, parking lots, street corners and neighborhoods associated with gangs.

Her sister, Jamie Lee, says she believes Sarah was behind a robbery at her home and claims she has been prostituting herself; allegations which Sarah strongly denies.

Jamie Lee says she believes Sarah has put the whole family at risk, by virtue of the company she keeps. “The people my sister hangs out with, they wouldn’t think twice in killing me, my father, my mother, my sister, my brother or the baby. So it makes you live a life of fear.”

Why does Sarah claim her sister “kidnapped” her child? And what have the courts said about her current ability to parent her daughter? Tune in to Thursday’s Dr. Phil.

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Why A Woman’s Family Says They Took Custody Of Her Child

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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Parents Convicted Of Child Endangerment Defend Their Behavior

‘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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Parents Convicted Of Child Endangerment Defend Their Behavior

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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Parents Convicted Of Child Endangerment Defend Their Behavior

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

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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Parents Convicted Of Child Endangerment Defend Their Behavior

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

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?

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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

‘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

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.

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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