January 16, 2017
Chris and Katie are parents to a 5-year-old and 7-year-old little girl. They are also homeless and addicted to heroin. But, they say that even though they get high multiple times a day, they are good, responsible parents who have never put their daughters in harm’s way.
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“I am a great dad,” says Chris.
However, Chris’ sister, Missy, claims the children were severely neglected, alleging neighbors often found them wandering around their apartment complex dirty, hungry and without shoes, inside a dumpster one time and playing by a busy freeway and in vacant buildings. She and her husband, Jason, now have temporary custody of the girls.
Chris and Katie say their daughters were never neglected and they have never put them in harm’s way. “They never went without. They had a roof over their head up until we got evicted,” Chris says. “We do drugs but we would never do them in front of our kids.”
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“When we were using, we would leave the house and go in the car and smoke heroin,” Katie says.
The couple claims that their apartment complex “has something to do with the false accusations” and they are insulted that these claims are being made against them.
“I believe that we were good parents to our girls and we made sure that they had everything they needed,” Katie says.
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“They deserve to be with us,” Chris adds.
Watch the video above to hear more of their story. And on Friday’s episode of Dr. Phil, see what happens when Dr. Phil shows Chris and Katie photos of the alleged living conditions of the apartment that they were raising their girls in. Will Chris and Katie continue to insist their daughters were never in harm’s way? Check here to see where you can watch.
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