How to tell if a parent is a child neglect victim
A woman in Florida says she was forced to pay a $3,000 bill to a company to fix her teeth, despite her being in the best physical shape of her life.
Melissa Broussard claims she was bullied into paying the bill by her stepfather after she was diagnosed with stage 3 thyroid cancer in 2013.
“I was going through all of the negative things that I had been through and they had said I was the one that was going to pay the bill,” BrouSSard told Fox News.
“I was not.”
Her father paid the bill, which was nearly $3.5 million, but she said he also threatened to report her for filing a false claim if she ever did not pay.
“He kept saying, ‘If you ever don’t pay this bill, I’ll get in contact with my family, and you’re going to be facing a life of shame,'” BrouBSard said.
“And he was right.
He’s a very vindictive man.”
She claims that after she refused to pay, her father threatened to contact the IRS.
“That’s when he got real aggressive and said, ‘I’ll do whatever I want,'” she said.
Her father also allegedly said she was a child molester and that he would never forgive her for “stealing” his daughter’s tooth.
“If you are going to go through all this and pay this $3 million, I’m going to do it,” she said, referring to her bill.
BrouSSards stepfather has since been arrested and charged with felony child abuse and neglect.