Lauren spent six years of her childhood hidden away in her parents’ closet, and says she was only taken out to be beaten and abused. Sixteen years after she was freed, her mother, Barbara, and stepfather, Kenneth, are both serving life sentences, yet Lauren says she still has never received a personal apology from either of them for emotionally and physically abusing her.

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Barbara did reach out to Lauren, recently, however. She recorded a video from behind bars and posted it online for Lauren to see.

“First thing I want to say is that I’m so sorry. If I could take it back, I would, but I can’t do that. All I can do is just explain what I know. First off, it was not you, you might not believe this, and I will fully, fully understand, but I have always loved you, but that love can hurt, and it hurt you. I don’t know the right words to say to you to explain what I did…. I don’t think there are any words. I can’t go on.”

Detailing her response to seeing the video for the first time, Lauren says, “I was super angry that she said that she never meant to hurt me, and she was so sorry, and if she would, she would take it back. Well, I bet you would cause you’re in prison now, so…”

Barbara and Kenneth are both eligible for parole in the year 2031.

Tune in to Thursday’s Dr. Phil to hear the rest of Lauren’s story. Find out where you can watch here.

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