DNA Dramas: Terrie

DNA Dramas: Terrie


"My mother-in-law is dead to me," says Diane, of her husband's mother, Terrie. "I absolutely believe Terrie is the most evil person. Terrie called [my husband] Adam one night and said, 'You're going to be upset with me, but I don't think Trevor's yours.' When my son was born, we called Terrie to let her know, and she didn't want to have anything to do with seeing him. He was 4 months old before she even saw him for the first time."

"My mother doesn't even know Trevor," says Adam. "She hasn't even spent a day with him."

Terrie shares her take on the family dynamic. "My daughter-in-law, Diane's, anger is poisoning this whole family," she says.

"Terrie was invited to his first birthday party, and she said she wasn't going to come, and now she denies the fact that Trevor is her grandson," says Diane.

"Whenever I saw my grandson, Trevor, it just disappointed me a little that he didn't look anything like my son," says Terrie. "The Turner side has strong genes. All the men's kids look like them."

Adam recounts, "About three years ago, Diane made a mistake and went and slept with a guy she was seeing before we got married."

"I felt extremely guilty about the situation, and the next morning I admitted it to Adam," says Diane.

"Together we decided it was best to just move forward," her husband shares.

A month and a half later, Diane found out she was pregnant. "We didn't have any doubt in our mind that Trevor was Adam's," she says, "but after Trevor was born, we had a paternity test done." The paternity test came from a Web site. The couple entered their personal information and received a test kit by mail. The results revealed a greater than 99.99 percent probability that Adam was the biological father.

Terrie questions the credibility of the DNA test. She says, "I could set up a Web site with some official-looking letterhead and make up a test kit and collect $99 all day long. All I have to do is say, 'Yes, you're the daddy,' and everybody will go on their way. There's a possibility that that's not my grandson, and it just floored me." She encouraged her son to get a proper DNA test.

Diane has called Terrie the most evil woman in the world, and Dr. Phil wonders if Terrie knows why.

"Because it deflects off of her behavior," Terrie says. "She has to turn it against me, because then she doesn't have to account for her behavior."

Diane says she told her husband about her past infidelities. "That's our business. That has nothing to do with you."

"It does have something," says Terrie. "That's my grandson."

"No, it's not," Diane refutes. "Regardless of the paternity test, it's not. Do you understand that? You denied my son. You have treated my daughter like crap, and you have been evil since day one in this family."

"You conjure up more lies than a Stephen King novel," says Terrie.

"Have you mistreated these children?" Dr. Phil asks Terrie. "Because, according to Diane, you have been unkind to her daughter from another relationship, and you have virtually disowned by withdrawing from this child who you are convinced is not your grandson."

"That's not the reason at all, Dr. Phil," Terrie says.

"You said you didn't even see him until he was 4 months old. Adam says you have spent less than one day with him in his entire life," Dr. Phil reminds her.


"I live 280 miles away," she says.

"Yes, but you manage to see Elissa, and you manage to see Kenneth all the time," Diane says. "Why can't you spend more than 10 minutes? I leave the room when you're there so you can spend time with your son and your grandson."

"Because you have caused a big difference with your mouth and your rages," Terrie counters. "I don't care to get that close to you because I never know when you're going to go off."

"Did you come to the first birthday party?" Dr. Phil asks Terrie.

"No. I don't know why I didn't," she says. "My husband died in 2004 and it took me a couple years to get straightened out."

"Well, on the second birthday, you did send a birthday card, but it was for a 3-year-old," Dr. Phil points out.


"'Happy Third Birthday, Grandson,'" Diane says bitterly.

"I'm sorry, I got the date wrong," says Terrie.

"You still don't even know how old your grandson is, OK?" says Diane. "You know what? It shouldn't matter if he is the biological father or not " which he is. There is no doubt in our mind."

"First of all," says Terrie, "whenever I get around your daughter, no matter how I watch what I say or how kind I am, she runs to you with some kind of story that I mistreated her."

"Everybody in my daughter's life loves her, and adores her, and has no problem with her, Terrie."

"I have no problem with the child," says Terrie.

"Really?" asks Diane. "You didn't tell Adam on the phone last week, 'Your crazy wife and psycho daughter'? Yes!"

"I want an answer to that question," says Dr. Phil. "Did you say to your son, did you refer to them as, 'Your crazy wife and her psycho daughter'?"

"I don't remember saying that, but I was so upset I could have said it," says Terrie. "She was screaming and kept calling and calling repeatedly screaming " "

"I hadn't even talked to you yet!" Diane interjects.