October 25, 2016
Danielle has accused her ex-boyfriend Brandon of abusing their 10-year-old daughter. She says she’s been forced to call CPS numerous times, had to send the police to check on her daughter because she believed the little girl “sounded dehydrated,” and had to call poison control because Brandon gave the little girl a sports drink.
Brandon, who was granted full custody of their daughter, adamantly denies Danielle’s accusations and says CPS has never substantiated any of Danielle’s claims. He says Danielle is “delusional” and has “terrorized” his family for years.
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In the video above, Dr. Phil reviews the judge’s observations about Danielle in an order giving Brandon full custody. He asks family law attorney and child rights advocate Areva Martin to weigh in on this heated years-long custody battle.
“This is a pretty extraordinary ruling by a court because oftentimes, we see the mother having primary custody and the father just fighting to have any visitation rights. So for a court to take a child from the mother and to give custody to a father means the court was very, very troubled by the conduct of the mother,” Areva says.
“I think she’s seeing a lot of what Brandon has had people put together. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes things,” Danielle responds. “I’ve tried to do the best of what the advice that I’ve gotten from the lawyers and the doctors. It’s all about money so he doesn’t have to pay child support.”
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Dr. Phil responds. “Are you telling me that this man has woven together a conspiracy?” he begins before being interrupted by Danielle. “You need to stop talking and you need to listen to me. You are on self-destruct as a mother.”
Dr. Phil continues. “The facts are that you are playing a game, and you’ve been caught at it,” he tells Danielle. “If you will stop this behavior, your role in your daughter’s life will do nothing but get bigger. Your access to your daughter will do nothing but get broader. Your role in her life will do nothing but grow. If you continue this behavior, it can actually become so small as to be nonexistent.”
Hear more of Dr. Phil’s advice in the video above. This episode of Dr. Phil airs Tuesday. Watch more here.