October 19, 2017
Seventeen-year-old Malia says she was a “defiant” 13-year-old the first time she ran away from home. Whether staying with friends, camping outside, or finding shelter in a parking garage, she claims, “I always found a way to take care of myself on my own.”
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Her parents, Mark and Melissa, who divorced when Malia was 10, say she continued running away no matter how many times they brought her back.
At 15, Malia says she met her boyfriend, Charles. “He’s been my life for the past two years. He makes me happy,” she says. Charles Jackson is 35.
“My parents obviously don’t like him because of his age,” says Malia, admitting there have been times when she’s been scared in the relationship.
“There was an incident in June that we both probably made some stupid decisions,” says Malia, referring to an episode in which Charles Jackson is accused of assaulting her. “At the time I felt like my life was in danger.”