Dr. Phil To Parents Of 16-Year-Old ‘You Two Need To Live Separately’

Laura and John moved in together over 16 years ago and had a daughter, who they named Angelina.

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Today, Laura, Angelina, John’s daughter, Jessie and Jessie’s 14-month-old baby live together in John’s house, while John sleeps in the garage. He says he and Laura haven’t been a couple in nearly a decade.

John and Jessie claim Laura is a hoarder who slowly took over their home. They say the house and yard are now overrun with piles of junk, food, garbage, bags of clothes and over 50 animals, and they want her out.

Laura denies being a hoarder. She says some of the junk belongs to Jessie, and claims John is so controlling, she can’t ever get the time to clean the rest of it up. Laura claims it’s the messy house, but Jessie’s attitude and John’s drinking that caused the collapse of her relationship with John. Laura says she’s been a full-time mom to Angelina and hasn’t held an outside job in many years.

Angelina, who is now 16 says she doesn’t get along with her father or her sister. She says it’s “obvious,” her parents don’t get along and claims she’s ready to walk away and never look back.

“Here’s my advice: You two need to live separately,” Dr.Phil tells John and Laura Monday’s episode. How does he propose the former couple and their daughters navigate the transition?

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Man Claims His Ex Is A Hoarder With ‘A Psychosis That I Have Not Been Able To Deal With’

Laura and her former partner, John, have six children between them, including their youngest, 16-year-old Angelina, the daughter they have together.

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Laura says she and John, “got along fine” until he started thinking she was picking on his daughter, Jessie, who was 5 when Laura moved in.

“That couldn’t be further from the truth,” says John on Monday’s Dr. Phil. He claims that although they have Angelina, and have been living together for over 16 years, he and Laura haven’t been a couple for nearly a decade.

John says he currently lives in the garage, while Laura, Angelina, Jessie and Jessie’s 14-month-old daughter live in the main house. He claims Laura is a hoarder and says that’s part of what drove him to move out of the house.

“This has nothing to do with me sticking up for Jessie over her or anything like that,” says John. “This is a matter of, I believe she has a psychosis that I have not been able to deal with.”

Laura says she blames John’s drinking and Jessie’s dislike of her for the collapse of their relationship.

Laura adamantly denies being a hoarder. Why does she claim John is preventing her from doing what she needs to do to get the house clean?

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Why A 16-Year-Old Says She’s Ready To ‘Walk Away And Never Look Back’


 

Why Dr. Phil Instructs A Staff Member To Call Animal Control On A Guest

Laura says she loves animals, but her former partner, John and his daughter, Jessie, say with all the pets living in their home, things are out of control.

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“Laura has about 53 animals living in our house,” claims Jessie, who counts multiple dogs, cats, rabbits, snakes, and dozens of mice in the menagerie. “She also has a sheep and a fish.”

“That’s less animals than we’ve ever had before,” says Laura who is the mother of Jessie’s 16-year-old sister, Angelina. “I don’t understand why Jessie and John think that all these pets are a problem.”

Jessie says there are also two full-grown huskies living outside the house who she claims are tied up with cords. “It’s hot and they always look sad. It’s just disgusting,” she says.

Claiming that in addition to the animals, Laura hoards newspapers, food, garbage, and bags of clothes, Jessie says “It’s not healthy for the animals. It’s not healthy for my dad. It’s not healthy for me, my sister, and it’s especially not healthy for my child.”

Laura says someone reported her to Animal Control recently. She claims an investigator came out “And she said everything was fine.”

After reviewing the video of Laura’s pets, Dr. Phil instructs a staff member to call Animal Control to have the dogs removed from her home. “And, and if they don’t remove those dogs today I want to know it, and I want you to call until they do,” he says.

Laura says she doesn’t consider herself to be a hoarder. Why does she claim that John and Jessie are “manipulating the situation” to make it look like she is?

This episode airs Monday. Check here to find out where to watch.

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Man Claims His Ex Is A Hoarder With ‘A Psychosis That I Have Not Been Able To Deal With’


 

 

‘I Want My House Back,’ Says Man Who Claims His Ex is A Hoarder

John says he lives in his garage while his daughters Jessie and Angelina, Jessie’s 14-month-old daughter and Angelina’s mother, Laura, live in the house.

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He says Jessie and Laura don’t get along at all, and part of the reason is that Laura has a problem with hoarding. “I hate that my daughter and my granddaughter are banished to their room because of Laura’s issues,” says John.

He claims that although they’ve lived together for over 16 years, he and Laura haven’t been intimate in nearly a decade. “After 16 years, I’m absolutely exhausted, says John. “I can’t do this anymore. I want my house back and I want my kids back. I want her out.”

John says Laura just can’t stop “accumulating stuff.” What does Laura say to Dr. Phil when he asks her whether she has a problem with hoarding?

This episode airs Monday. Check here to find out where to watch.

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Why Dr. Phil Instructs A Staff Member To Call Animal Control On A Guest

Why A Woman And Her Stepmom Say They Got Into A Physical Altercation

Jessie lives in her father, John’s, home along with her 14-month-old daughter, her 16-year-old sister, Angelina; and the woman she refers to as her stepmother, Angelina’s mother, Laura.

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Jessie claims Laura is a hoarder and says she’s fed up with living in a “dirty, disgusting house.” Laura denies the allegation saying she doesn’t think of herself as a hoarder. She claims much of the mess belongs to Jessie.

The two women say they recently got into a physical altercation over an incident involving Jessie’s baby.

“Just last week, my little sister, Angelina, offered to feed my baby breakfast,” says Jessie. “We put her in the highchair. She was grunting and whining. After 10 minutes, I hear my daughter scream. So I sent my boyfriend in. My boyfriend saw Laura holding down my baby’s arms and Angelina force feeding her and he asked Angelina why is she crying and she said, because she doesn’t want to eat so we’re making her.”

Jessie says she removed the child from her highchair, but Laura claims Jessie came storming out, took the high chair tray off, and threw it. That’s when things got physical between them.

Laura claims Jessie started swinging at her head. “She was holding onto the baby so when I grabbed her arm, she threw the highchair over and the baby fell,” she says.

The women say their fight escalated until the police were called. What do they claim happened next?

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‘I Want My House Back,’ Says Man Who Claims His Ex is A Hoarder


‘I Am Sick Of Living This Way,’ Says Woman Who Claims Her Stepmom Is A Hoarder

Jessie claims she’s being forced to live in a “dirty, disgusting house” because her father, John’s former girlfriend is a hoarder. She claims he’s so fed-up with Laura’s mess, he’s moved out of the house and into the garage. “I love my dad but I’m very disappointed in how long he’s let her destroy our lives,” says Jessie.

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“The house is absolutely disgusting,” she continues. “I am sick of living this way and it’s all because of Laura.” Jessie, 23, claims the only clean parts of the house are the bedroom she shares with her 14-month-old daughter and their bathroom.

Jessie’s 16-year-old sister, Angelina, who is Laura’s daughter with John, also lives in the home.

Laura says she doesn’t see herself as a hoarder, claiming some of the mess in the house belongs to Jessie. She claims Jessie is “unpredictable, snotty and entitled.”

Why do the two women say they got into a physical altercation in front of Jessie’s baby?


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Why A Woman And Her Stepmom Say They Got Into A Physical Altercation 

Why A 16-Year-Old Says She’s Ready To ‘Walk Away And Never Look Back’

John and Laura’s 16-year-old daughter, Angelina says it’s obvious her parents just don’t get along.

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“In elementary school, I can remember several occasions where my dad has threatened to kill my mom,” she says. “To this day, the main reason I don’t like to talk back to my dad is because I believe that he will hurt me and he will hurt my mom, especially if he’s intoxicated,” she claims.

Laura, Angelina and John’s older daughter, Jessie, along with her 14-month-old child live in the main house, while John sleeps in the garage. He claims Laura is a hoarder and says that’s part of what drove him to move out of the house.

Laura adamantly denies being a hoarder. She says some of the mess in the house is Jessie’s and claims that John is so controlling that she can never do what she needs to, to get it all cleaned up.

Jessie, who also says Laura has a problem with hoarding, admits she doesn’t have a very good relationship with her stepmother or her baby sister. She claims Angelina “is a manipulative little liar, just like her mom.”

“My sister, Jessie, is dramatic and manipulative,” claims Angelina. “When just the littlest thing happens, she just blows it all out of proportion and she thinks that everything is owed to her and if she doesn’t get it, she figures out a way to manipulate someone into getting it for her.

John and Jessie say they want Laura and her hoarding ways out of their house.

“At this point I’m ready to walk away and never look back,” asserts Angelina, claiming she’s ready to live somewhere else, with her mom, but is Laura ready to move on?

Tune in Monday to see where Dr. Phil advises this fractured family to go from here. 

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Dr. Phil To Parents Of 16-Year-Old ‘You Two Need To Live Separately’


 

 

Young Boys Describe How Their Parents’ Fighting Is Affecting Them

“I do think my parents fight more than other parents,” says a 12-year-old boy.

His 10-year-old brother adds, “It hurts, and I don’t like them fighting. It affects me emotionally. I’ve heard them but I never got what they were saying, so I never really understood it.”

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Marcus and Cari are the divorced parents of these young boys. The exes admit they don’t get along and often fight in front of their sons, usually during custody exchanges.

Marcus and his new wife, Amber, say they believe Cari is jealous of their relationship and loving family. The couple, who calls Cari controlling and manipulative, claim Cari talks bad about them in front of the children, faked having cancer and is overmedicating the boys.

WATCH: Dr. Phil To Guest Accused Of Overmedicating Her Children: ‘There’s Some Fishy Stuff Going On Here About Medical Perception’

Cari calls Marcus volatile and angry and says she can’t be in a room with him without fighting. And, she claims Amber is trying to take her children from her.

In the video above, Dr. Phil reviews the 10 factors to determine the fitness of a parent. How do these parents measure up? And, hear why Dr. Phil tells Cari, “You can play the victim here, or you can put on your mommy pants and grow up.”

Can Dr. Phil help these parents make a plan to co-parent in peace? This episode airs Friday. Check here to see where you can watch.

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Tips For Spousal Caregivers To Overcome Loneliness, Stress And Loss Of Intimacy

Finding love, getting married and raising a happy, healthy family is a life goal for most people. But if the person you marry is stricken with a serious illness and your primary role changes from spouse to caregiver, how would you cope?

That’s exactly what happened to Deb who has been married to Rodney for 22 years and has two teenage children. In 2000, Rodney was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, forcing Deb to become his primary caregiver.

“There really isn’t a whole lot of time left for me after I care for Rodney and the kids,” Deb says. “I really don’t remember the last time I did something for myself. I am determined not to let caregiving become my sole identity.”

Dr. Phil is joined by Dr. Barry Jacobs, a psychologist and AARP caregiving expert, to offer practical advice for caregivers hoping to overcome stress and loneliness.

“Unfortunately, spousal caregivers have it the toughest,” says Dr. Jacobs, adding that at some point in your life, most people will be a caregiver or the person who needs a caregiver. “It’s not just that the caregiving work itself is so hard, but it’s that the loss of intimacy with the partner occurs very, very often.”

Dr. Jacobs says that one way caregivers can feel less alone is by reaching out for help to the AARP free helpline (1-877-333-5885, Spanish:1-888-971-2013) which provides information and resources. And, they can visit WellSpouse.org, a website designed specifically for spousal caregivers.

“They’re going to be able to get information about local resources in their community, as well as to hear an understanding voice about the kinds of things that spousal caregivers go through,” he says.

Another resource is Meditations for Caregivers, co-authored by Dr. Jacobs and his wife for AARP. “We decided to write a book that would provide inspiration and emotional motivation for caregivers to help minimize the strains and maximize the possible gains of taking care of a loved one,” Dr. Jacobs says.

If you or someone you know is taking care of a sick or older loved one, visit AARP.org/caregiving, where there’s an online caregiving community. For more information, visit: AARP.org.

Woman Claims Stepsons’ Mom ‘Brainwashes’ The Boys Against Her And Her Husband

Amber and Marcus claim Marcus’ ex-wife, Cari, is jealous of their relationship and does whatever she can to keep them estranged from Marcus’ 10- and 12-year-old sons.

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“The very first time I met Cari, she told me to stay away from her kids, ‘You bitch,’” Amber claims.

“Cari is controlling, vengeful, manipulative,” Marcus adds. “She doesn’t allow for normal co-parenting. Even a simple task turns into a big ordeal.”

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The couple claims that Cari has Munchausen’s syndrome and Munchausen by proxy and say they fear for the safety of Marcus’ sons.

“Cari’s always saying her kids are sick. If the boys are sick, have a cough, her first reaction is to take them to the emergency room,” Amber says, adding that the boys take numerous medications and have been absent from school 71 times in a year. “Cari brainwashes the boys every chance she gets.”

Cari claims her ex tends to be “volatile,” and says Amber is trying to take her sons away from her.

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Marcus, who says he’s angry his sons are caught in the middle, turns to Dr. Phil for help. “I believe they’re in an unhealthy situation with Cari. Right now, I’m at a point where I’m willing to fight hard for full custody.”

On Friday’s episode, hear from Cari. Can Dr. Phil help these parents come up with a plan to co-parent in peace? Check here to see where you can watch.

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How Does Woman Accused Of Faking Cancer Explain Her Diagnosis

Woman Describes Ways She Believes Her Ex And His Wife Are Toxic For Her Sons

Cari says she doesn’t get along with her ex-husband and father of her two sons, Marcus, and his wife, Amber. She claims Marcus tends to always be volatile, angry and that Amber “would love to get my kids to herself.”

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In the video above from Friday’s episode of Dr. Phil, Cari shares a long list of reasons why she believes Marcus and Amber are toxic for her boys.

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And, Amber and Marcus, who claim Cari is controlling, vengeful, manipulative and badmouths them to her sons, respond to Cari’s allegations.

Can Dr. Phil help these parents come together so they can co-parent in peace? Check here to see where you can watch Friday’s episode.

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Dr. Phil To Guest Accused Of Overmedicating Her Children: ‘There’s Some Fishy Stuff Going On Here About Medical Perception’

Woman Claims Her Ex And His New Wife Are Trying To Take Her Kids From Her

Cari says that she’s a great mom to her 10- and 12-year-old sons but that her ex, Marcus, and his new wife, Amber, are trying to take the boys from her.

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“Amber is just trying to take my place,” says Cari, claiming that Amber told her sons to call her Mom. “The first time I met Amber, I stuck my head in her door and I told her, ‘You need to stay the hell away from my kids.’”

Cari also complains, “Marcus tends to always be volatile, angry at something or someone.”

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Marcus claims Cari is “controlling, vengeful, manipulative.” He and Cari say they fear for the boys’ safety because they claim Cari may suffer from Munchausen by proxy.

Hear more in the video above, including how Cari explains her sons’ medication use.

“I do believe that Amber would love to get my kids to herself, and that is definitely over my dead body,” Cari says.

On Friday’s episode of Dr. Phil, see what happens when the three face off on Dr. Phil’s stage. Can Dr. Phil help them come together so they can co-parent in peace? Check here to see where you can watch.

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How Does Woman Accused Of Faking Cancer Explain Her Diagnosis

How Does Woman Accused Of Faking Cancer Explain Her Diagnosis

Cari claims that she has had cancer three times in the last 10 years. She says she endured chemotherapy and radiation to treat the disease.

“It was a very scary and emotional time in my life,” she says.

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However, Cari’s ex-husband and father of her two sons, Marcus, and his new wife, Amber, claim Cari is faking her cancer diagnoses.

“I do not believe Cari had cancer,” Amber says. “I think Cari did it for attention. She likes the drama, all eyes on her.”

WATCH: Woman Claims Stepsons’ Mom ‘Brainwashes’ The Boys Against Her And Her Husband

In the video above, Cari describes her health issues. And, Dr. Phil questions her about the details of her treatment. Hear what happens when Cari puts a Dr. Phil producer in touch with a woman Cari claims was her nurse during treatment. Could she by lying about her diagnosis?

This episode of Dr. Phil airs Friday. Check here to see where you can watch.

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Dr. Phil To Guest Accused Of Overmedicating Her Children: ‘There’s Some Fishy Stuff Going On Here About Medical Perception’

Today’s Takeaway: “I Think My Husband’s Narcissistic Ex is Faking Cancer and Making My Stepsons Sick”

Marcus and his wife, Amber, are in a custody battle with Marcus’ ex-wife and mother of his two sons, Cari. The couple claims Cari is controlling and manipulative, overmedicates the boys and could suffer from Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

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Cari says she’s a great mom and says Marcus and Amber are the problem. She claims Amber is trying to make her children call her Mommy and wants to take the kids from her so she can have them to herself.

Marcus and Cari often fight in front of their boys, who say they’ve been affected by all the arguing.

After Dr. Phil speaks with the family, does he think there’s a way for them to co-parent in peace? Watch the video above to hear his thoughts from after the show. And, he offers advice for all parents on the importance of putting your child’s needs above your own.

This episode of Dr. Phil airs Friday. Watch more here.

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Dr. Phil To Guest Accused Of Overmedicating Her Children: ‘There’s Some Fishy Stuff Going On Here About Medical Perception’

Dr. Phil To Guest Accused Of Overmedicating Her Children: ‘There’s Some Fishy Stuff Going On Here About Medical Perception’

Marcus and his wife, Amber, claim that Marcus’ ex-wife, Cari, suffers from Munchausen syndrome by proxy. The couple claims Cari is always saying that her two sons, whom she shares with Marcus, are sick and that her first reaction is to take the boys to the emergency room. Marcus and Amber also claim that Cari overmedicates the children.

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“My boys are not unhealthy,” Marcus says. “I think Cari does this because she needs to feel like she’s the one taking care of them. She has to feel important.”

Cari says her sons suffer from allergies and asthma and admits that they take a lot of medications for the conditions. “I’ve always been on top of all their medications and dosage,” she says. “I take that responsibility very seriously.”

In the video above, Dr. Phil reviews the medications and dosages that Cari’s sons are taking. How does Cari explain giving the boys different doses than what has been prescribed?

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“I would never intentionally hurt my children or over medicate,” Cari says.

“I don’t think you would hurt your children on purpose,” Dr. Phil responds. “I’m just saying there’s some fishy stuff going on here about medical perception.”

This episode of Dr. Phil airs Friday. Watch more here.

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Young Boys Describe How Their Parents’ Fighting Is Affecting Them

Mom Says Teenage Daughter ‘Doesn’t Like Rules And She Doesn’t Like Authority’

Melissa and Mark say their 17-year-old daughter, Malia, started running away from home at age 13, and they claim at 15, she became involved with a much older man.

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The former spouses say they separated amicably when Malia was 10, but when Melissa became involved in another relationship, Malia began acting out.

“She doesn’t like rules and she doesn’t like authority,” says Melissa.

They say Malia, who should have been a senior in high school this year, completed grade 6, then dropped out when she started doing drugs.

“Meth we knew, and different amphetamines, and drinking and marijuana,” says Mark.

By age 14, he says they’d put Malia into a lock-down rehabilitation facility – twice. “And every time that she came out she might have stuck around for a couple or three weeks. And then she ended up starting to run again.”

Watch the video above to see what happened when the former couple brought in transport specialists to escort Malia to California specifically to meet Dr. Phil.

Melissa and Mark say they’ve tried just about everything to reach their daughter but she keeps running away. What do they claim the authorities have told them about forcing Malia to stay at home?

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‘I’ve Been Under Bridges Searching For My Daughter,’ Says Mom Of Chronic Runaway

Mom To Runaway Teen: ‘You Suck The Life Out Of Me’

Malia’s parents say she dropped out of school after the sixth grade, uses street drugs and became involved with a much older man at age 15.

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Following an allegedly violent encounter this past June, and the alleged shooting of an elderly neighbor in the leg, 17-year-old Malia’s 35-year-old boyfriend, Charles Jackson was apprehended by Oregon police in September. Jackson is currently awaiting trial on multiple charges, including assault, attempted murder, and contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor; to all of which he’s pleaded not guilty.

On Thursday’s Dr. Phil.  Malia says she’s ready to come home. But her parents, Mark and Melissa, say that’s not currently an option.

“Every time you have come into the home, you bring chaos into our home,” claims Melissa, who says Malia caused her younger sisters a lot of stress.

“You suck the life out of me and can’t give anything to them,” she adds.

“I don’t suck the life out of you, I just take your attention that needs to be given to me that I haven’t had in years, and the girls aren’t used to having another person in their life that takes a little bit of your attention away,” replies Malia. “And I feel like I deserve a little bit of your attention.”

Mark says, “ And the girls, looking at it from their eyes, they get close to you, they are so happy you’re back in the house, and then the chaos starts and they get hurt, and then you leave, and they’re hurt because you leave.”

“I can do this, I can go to counseling, I can get my GED, I can get my license and my permit, and I can do all that,” she says, promising things will be different. “I’ll clean, I’ll do chores, I will do whatever.”

Mark and Melissa say they have specific requirements their daughter will have to meet before she’ll be allowed to move home. Is Malia willing to do what her parents ask? 

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Today’s Takeaway: “Our Runaway Teen Daughter Thinks She’s In Love With An Older Man Who Police Allege Raped And Threatened Her”

Today’s Takeaway: “Our Runaway Teen Daughter Thinks She’s In Love With An Older Man Who Police Allege Raped And Threatened Her”

Mark and his ex-wife, Melissa, claim their 17-year-old daughter, Malia, has been running away since the age of 13, dropped out of school in the sixth grade, and has become physically abusive to the family.

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They allege that two years ago, Malia became involved with a now 35-year-old man — a man recently charged with offenses including contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, strangulation, and possession of a firearm — to all of which he has pleaded not guilty.

Malia says she’s defiant because her parents are “too strict,” and when it comes to her boyfriend, she says she loves him and will wait for him to get out of prison if he’s convicted.

Mark and Melissa say they fear if they can’t get through to their daughter, she’ll end up dead. Can Dr. Phil help Malia?

Watch the video above to hear Dr. Phil’s final thoughts on the matter, then here to find out where you can tune into Thursday’s Dr. Phil. 

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Parents Describe Teenage Daughter’s History Of Running Away From Home

‘I’ve Been Under Bridges Searching For My Daughter,’ Says Mom Of Chronic Runaway

Ex-spouses Mark and Melissa claim their 17-year-old daughter, Malia, is a chronic runaway who started leaving home four years ago.

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“It started out we wouldn’t hear from her for a couple of days and then the times got longer and longer and longer,” says Melissa.

“Every time that she was brought back, she immediately picked up and ran again,” says Mark. “We have dropped everything to go get Malia, whether it’s been in an abandoned car, whether it’s been two states away.”

“I’ve been under bridges searching for my daughter,” says Melissa.

She says in the beginning, Malia’s habitual running “broke” her. “But as time goes on, and it’s a repeated behavior I could no longer be so emotionally invested because I had two other children that I need to be a really good mom to.”

Malia’s parents claim she started using street drugs around age 12. At 15, they say she became involved with a 35-year-old man who was recently arrested and charged with contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, among other alleged crimes. The man, who Malia claims she is in love with, has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is currently awaiting trial.

On Thursday’s episode, Dr. Phil tells the former couple, “When I start looking for solutions, I start looking for causes. Because if there’s a cause and effect I need to know what the cause is to understand the effect.”

What factors do Mark and Melissa say they believe contributed to Malia’s risky behaviors?

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‘We Both Probably Made Some Stupid Decisions,’ Says Teen Of The Day Her 35-Year-Old Boyfriend Allegedly Shot A Man

Parents Describe Teenage Daughter’s History Of Running Away From Home

Melissa and her ex-husband, Mark, say that at just 13 years old, their daughter, Malia, became physically abusive to the family, dropped out of school, and began running away from home. Then they say things got worse.

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Malia’s parents say the 17-year-old was just 15 when she got involved with a man who is now 35.

“On June 21, 2017, I got a call from Malia telling me that this man was shooting at her,” says Melissa.

She claims Malia, now 17, was able to escape by jumping out a window and running to a neighbor’s house. She says the boyfriend followed and allegedly shot a neighbor in the leg before fleeing the scene.

Later, her parents say, Malia returned to him.

Mark says he got a call from authorities on September 19, saying  Charles Jackson had been apprehended and Malia was with him.


Jackson has been charged with offenses including contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, strangulation, and possession of a firearm. He has pleaded not-guilty and is currently awaiting trial. Malia was returned to her family.

Mark and Melissa say Malia believes she’s in love with Charles Jackson, and are concerned she’ll run away again. Can Dr. Phil help them get through to their daughter?

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