December 6, 2016
Ceanne and Rashelle claim their mother, Jemma, mentally and physically abused them for the last 20 years. However, when confronted, Jemma says she can’t remember being abusive.
“My mother is crazy; she is abusive and in denial at the same time,” says 30-year-old Ceanne. “When I was 12 years old, my mom was so angry with me that she spanked me with a spoon until the spoon snapped in half, and then she finished spanking me with a spatula.”
And Rashelle claims, “When I was 13, I was not coming up the stairs fast enough so we met each other at the top of the stairs and that’s when she started beating me. She slammed my head into the wall.”
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Ceanne says when she tried to make her mother stop, Jemma attacked her. The girls claim the fight moved to the front yard of the house, where neighbors saw and called the police.
Ceanne says she believes her mother’s abuse led to her becoming an alcoholic, which she says she now has under control. She and Rashelle claim their mother continues to be verbally abusive to them, and they haven’t talked to her in two months because they say they’ve had enough of her excuses.
“When I don’t do what she wants, she will say, ‘I’m going to come over and beat your ass!’” Ceanne claims.
Rashelle reads a text message she recently received from her mother. “’You can take your abused childhood and shove it. I obviously did not beat you enough …’”
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However, Jemma says her daughters are lying and using her as a scapegoat for their own issues.
“I have never abused my children, and if I did, I would remember that,” she says. “There’s plenty of true things to say about me. This is not true. I did not beat my children.”
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Jemma says the real problem is that Ceanne is an alcoholic and that she and Rashelle blame her alcoholism on Jemma.
“Rashelle and Ceanne, if they put it on me, they don’t have to do anything. I don’t know why they chose me to be the scapegoat in this situation,” Jemma says. “If Ceanne was 17 years old, I would take responsibility for that, but we’re talking about a 30-year-old woman. Ceanne’s an adult now and she needs to take responsibility for her problems. The problem is not me.
Are the girls exaggerating this alleged abuse? Will Jemma acknowledge her daughters and apologize? This episode of Dr. Phil airs Tuesday. Check here to see where you can watch.