Home had spun into a living hell for a mom and her 16-year-old daughter.
In the fall of 2015, the teen was already on probation for stealing her mom’s checkbook and writing a hot check. She was seeing two therapists, but she refused to give up smoking pot and her rebellious ways.
Her mother felt handcuffed to a problem she couldn’t solve. She wasn’t sleeping well and though her job required travel, dealing with her troubled daughter forced her to work from home, putting her in a precarious position with her employer.
That summer she’d bought a gun safe, but not for storing weapons. Instead, she’d use it to stash alcohol, credit cards and other valuables that she wanted to keep out of her daughter’s hands.
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“We had people over and I had them