Crystal, 25, and James, 26, have one child and another on the way but say they are anything but a happy family. They say their on-again/off-again relationship is riddled with lies and trading allegations of abuse, neglect and bad parenting.
Crystal claims James is abusive — which he strongly denies — and claims there is a warrant out for his arrest for allegedly physically attacking her. She says he has an anger problem, yet she can’t help being drawn back to him every time they split, because he’s the father of her children.
James claims Crystal is lying about the abuse and out to destroy his reputation by falsely reporting him to authorities. Dr. Phil intervenes in this young, tumultuous relationship. Can Crystal and James calm the chaos and learn to peacefully co-parent?
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A Turbulent Home
“The first time James got violent with me, I was almost 15 weeks pregnant,” Crystal remembers. She claims he slammed her against a wall. “When he hit my head against the wall, I was in shock, but my first instinct was to cover my stomach because I didn’t know if he was going to stop.” Crystal says four months later, James was physically violent with her again and punched her. She says in another incident, he threw her on the bed “like a rag doll.”
Crystal is three months pregnant with their second child. She claims that recently, he was violent with her again. “James freaked out and pushed me against the wall. Next thing you know, he’s on top of me, and his hand was right here,” she says, indicating her neck. “Our child is on the same bed as us, and he’s on top of me. I remember telling him, ‘I can’t believe you did this again — I’m pregnant!’”
James denies being violent with Crystal. “She lied, and called the police and tried to ruin me. I didn’t touch her,” he says.
“James was charged with domestic violence. James currently is out with a felony warrant for his arrest,” Crystal says.
James says Crystal is a liar. “I’m a great man. I have a good heart,” he says. “Crystal is a hater.”
He continues, “I’ve broken up with about Crystal three times. It doesn’t make sense for her to say that I hit her, because she continues to still pursue me. I’m here to help Crystal so she can move on and stop all these lying, dramatic situations, so we can just co-parent in a sophisticated manner.”
Is Crystal still in love with James?
Does this couple have a future? “Not everybody you lose is a loss.”