Sheri says her three daughters are old enough to understand – and to question – both the physical fighting and the verbal sparring that goes on between her and her husband, Eric. The girls sometimes get caught in the crossfire of their parents’ altercations. TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Drama Queen or King in Your Family?
In one accidental incident from 2011, one of the children ended up with a fractured skull, which led to Eric being charged with aggravated cruelty toward a child and all three girls being removed from the home. They were placed in foster care for three years. They might have been returned earlier, but Sheri says she wasn’t working her case plan, and was deliberately noncompliant for the first year after her children were taken away.WATCH: Man Who’s Been Arrested Over 15 Times Says He Wouldn’t Have To Yell If Family Would Just Obey His Rules
In the video above, Eric explains that the incident happened when he and Sheri were separated. He admits there was a restraining order against him at the time, and he wasn’t supposed to be on the premises. However, he says, he went anyway, to keep an eye on the girls.
“The children were playing hide-and-go-seek – My oldest daughter was hiding behind a garbage can – at the same time I was throwing pavers into a garbage can,” says Eric.
“He let go of the rock at the same time she was running, and it hit her in the head,” continues Sheri.WATCH: ‘We Feed Each Other’s Insanity’ Says Wife Of Couple’s Mutual Aggression And Hostility
“The children got taken, they went into DCF, and I went to jail,” says Eric. He says he served a year in jail for violating the injunction against him, and for initially providing false information to the authorities in the hopes he might escape liability for violating the injunction.WATCH: Dr. Phil Challenges Combative Couple To Put Their Children First
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