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          Parents Caught Crossing the Line?

          July 13, 2012

          What drives a parent to abuse their child? Hear the stories of one mother who allegedly glued her toddler’s hands to a wall, another who may have coerced her son into killing his pet gerbil and a woman who may have tried to pawn her newborn for $15,000. What drove these moms over the edge?

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          “I Think that She Just Snapped”

          Elizabeth is being charged with injury to a child and held on a $100,000 bond after allegedly gluing her 2-year-old’s hands to the wall and beating her so severely, she put her in a coma. But is there still more to this story? Dr. Phil speaks to Elizabeth’s cousin, Jessica, who says that there may be a reason why Elizabeth lost control.

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          “We all get overwhelmed, but you don’t glue your kid to the wall.”

          Fighting for his Wife  

          Did Lynn force her then 12-year-old son, Jacob, to kill his pet gerbil? The mom was arrested and sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for battery, aggravated cruelty to animals and child cruelty. Her husband, Brad, turns to Dr. Phil to quiet public accusations that Lynn is a bad parent. And, now that she’s in prison, how can he help his son cope with his mother’s absence?

          “The life of a gerbil is not more important than the life of my children.”

          Did She Sell her Baby for 15K?

          Meet Bridget, 33, a mom who allegedly tried to sell her newborn for $15,000 to a friend. She says her intentions were honorable and that she wanted to give the baby to someone she trusts, but now faces up to seven years in prison. Was this an unofficial adoption gone awry or a cold case of child trafficking?

          “I’m a good mother … That’s my only job in this life, and I’m good at it.”


          Elizabeth is currently out on bond and scheduled for trial later this year.

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