Susie claims that ever since her 20-year-old daughter, Adriana, met her boyfriend two years ago, she has chosen to be with him instead of her now 4-year-old daughter, leaving Susie and her husband, Ray, to raise the child.
“The first two years of the baby’s life, Adriana was a pretty good mom,” says Susie, adding that once Adriana broke up with the baby’s father and started dating Matt, her behavior changed. “My daughter has become violent, abusive and neglectful”, claims that Adriana strongly denies.
Susie, who says she doesn’t care for Matt, says she believes he has contributed to the change in her daughter’s attitude. “The first time I met him, he was high on drugs. I believe Matt is a bad influence and a non-motivator. Matt was around the first few times Adriana tried heroin,” Susie claims. “We never expected Adriana to end up with riffraff that she’s chosen on the other side of the tracks.”
However, Adriana says Matt is not to blame for her decisions and that her parents have never given him a fair chance.
“They have judged Matt based on not only his tattoos and his piercings, but his background with probation and his addiction,” she says, talking about how she feels Matt is being unfairly judged on his past. “Matt was not responsible at all for getting me on heroin. I chose to do those things myself.”WATCH: Why 20-Year-Old Says She’s Forced To Choose Between Her Daughter And Her Boyfriend
Adriana currently lives in Matt’s parents’ home while her 4-year-old daughter lives with her mother and stepfather, because, she says, her parents are making her choose between raising her daughter or living with Matt.
“I have chosen Matt over my daughter because my mom is always in the way,” says Adriana, who claims that her parents “threw her out” and that she has no options. Adriana says that she and her mother don’t see eye-to-eye when it comes to parenting her daughter, and their disagreements have turned physical. WATCH: Dr. Phil To 20-Year-Old Whose Mom Is Raising Her Daughter: ‘You Have An Entitled Attitude’
Susie agrees that every interaction she has with her daughter is “explosive.”
“I have to walk around on egg shells. If I say the wrong thing, it will just set her off,” Susie claims. “In the last year, we have had three physical confrontations. She has hit me, scratched me. She has left bruises. She’s very mentally abusive.”
Turning to Dr. Phil for help, Susie says, “I would like Adriana to stop being abusive to me, start being appreciative. Look around you, if it hadn’t been for us, you would have been on the street.”
On Tuesday’s episode, Dr. Phil attempts to get to the root of their issues for the sake of the child. Watch more here.