Christy doesn't back down. "I do believe Stacy's husband is a pedophile, and I believe my sister knows it," she says.
When Stacy found a DVD of pornography in the trunk of her husband's car, she confided to her sister. "Christy said, â€˜Let me take the family computer, because I can find out if he is leading a double life,'" Stacy recalls.
Stacy says more troubling revelations followed. "Christy said that my husband was involved in the mob and, 'He is threatening to come kill you and commit suicide.' I believed her. It was devastating," she says, through tears. "I gathered my children up. We drove 600 miles away. I stayed gone for about six weeks. During that time, I started doubting the things Christy was saying. I realized she was lying."
Stacy eventually returned to her husband. Christy is perturbed by the reconciliation. "Stacy has always been willing to turn a blind eye to the abuse if the payoff is right. I believe my sister's husband bribed her with plastic surgery," she says.
Despite their family ties, Christy intends to follow through with her allegations. "I told Stacy if I ever found out she was leaving the children with her husband unsupervised, that I would turn her in to CPS, and I did. I filed one complaint with the police department, one complaint with CPS. I sent an e-mail to the mayor, city council and the DA," she reveals. "I'm proudly a backstabber if turning in a family member for abuse makes me that."
Christy is unmoved by the turmoil. "Stacy can think whatever she wants to about me being a backstabber. I will not change my story. If my family kills me to shut me up, at least it will draw some attention to the matter," she declares.
Christy says she was concerned for her safety, so Dr. Phil arranged for a security guard to sit in the audience. Turning to Christy, he says, "Does it seem odd to you that you would be attacking your sister's lifestyle, family and ability to make a living?"
"I never did anything until she called me. I never interfered in her life at all until she called me," Christy maintains. "She told me that she found evidence of possible child pornography " "
"You told me that you found a DVD that had girls that looked underage on it," Christy says.
"I said pornography," Stacy repeats.
Interrupting their squabble, Dr. Phil says to Christy, "Since then, you say that you have filed an online report with Child Protective Services concerning her behavior with her daughter. You filed a report on fraud and unsafe midwife practices. What does that have to do with her calling you about her husband looking at pornography?"
"That's not true. You're lying," Stacy says. "[Bethany] was talking online to strangers, and when I asked her who she was talking to, she said, â€˜I don't know.' There was a struggle over the computer. As I pushed her away " she was trying to turn the computer off " I pushed her by the neck to the wall."
"We have e-mails that show that Stacy admitted to choking her daughter, slamming her into the wall, to the point where she blacks out," he tells Dr. Phil.
"Were you choked until you blacked out?" Dr. Phil inquires.
"No, not at all. I was pushed away from the computer. I'm not going to defend somebody who would hurt a child. I wouldn't do that," she says, voice breaking. "And for her to accuse my mom and my dad both of doing that ""
Stacy says that she has been exonerated of the charges. "A detective completely investigated us and they found nothing. We told the truth about what happened with the computer," she says.