On Christmas Day four years ago, Ashton claims she heard her mom, Stacy, get shot twice by Stacy’s ex-boyfriend. Thirteen at the time, Ashton called 911 as she pleaded with her mom to stay alive.

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Now, Ashton says she suffers daily from the traumatic experience.
 

“I struggle with anxiety a lot right now, more than I ever have. I get anxious over some of the smallest things,” Ashton says. “My mom gets upset at me because she thinks I’m just being lazy, but I don’t think she understands that it’s because of my depression.”
 
Stacy says she doesn’t know how to help her daughter. “I feel a tremendous guilt as a parent that I endangered not only my life, but the safety of my children by allowing that person to even come into our lives,” she says.

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In the video above, Dr. Phil and Robin offer Stacy insight into the mind of an abuser.
 
On Wednesday’s episode, hear more of Stacy’s story, including how her ex was finally apprehended. Plus, hear from Terra Newell, who fatally stabbed her estranged stepfather and whose story garnered notoriety with the podcast and scripted series, “Dirty John.” Check here to see where you can tune in.
 
If you or someone you know is being abused and need support, reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 (800) 799-7233 or TheHotline.org. Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

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