April 25, 2017
Ten-year-old Dominic died in 2015, from an overdose of hydrocodone and sepsis. His parents, Joseph and Jennifer, have been charged with criminal child abuse in connection with his death.
The couple’s 17-year-old daughter, Rebecca says she’s angry with Jennifer because she feels her mother spends all her time focusing on Joseph, instead of her surviving children.
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Joseph, who strongly denies family members’ claims that he has a history of controlling his family, is currently in jail on a probation violation.
Jennifer, who acknowledges Joseph has been abusive toward her and the children in the past when he was drinking, says Joseph is her “soul-mate.” She’s been working to secure his release from jail.
On Tuesday’s episode, Dr. Phil tells Jennifer that if what she claims is true, she’s been dominated by Joseph to the point that she’s allowed him to abuse their children, and coerced her into doing the same. “So that means you can’t be in that relationship and trust yourself to make good judgments.”