A desperate mum admits her family is at “breaking point” over her violent son’s behaviour.
Emma, who appears on Channel 5’s Violent Child, Desperate Parents tonight, claims she is forced to restrain her eight year old son Ioan to stop him from biting her face.
During this evening’s episode, Emma is seen grappling with her son on the bed as she tries to stop him from attacking her.
Screaming, Ioan bites her wrists and tries tor wriggle out of her grasp.
“He’s bitten my face before,” she tells viewers before admitting that he often grabs fistfuls of her hair and yanks on it.
The constant screaming and abusive behaviour has also had a detrimental effect on the rest of the family, including his sister and dad Adrian.
“It breaks my heart that he feels like that about me,” Emma says. “It makes me question myself – I must have done something to him for him to want to do that to me.”
Her remarks prompt husband Adrian to break down beside her and she turns to him to place a comforting hand on his arm.
“Things cannot carry on the way they are,” she says. “When he’s kicking off and I’m 90 per cent certain that I am going to end up hurting some way, I hate it – I hate knowing that he’s capable of it.”
With their marriage in crisis amid their struggle to control their son, they bring in child psychologist Laverne Antrobus to try and help them.
Will she be able to repair their family?
*Violent Child, Desperate Parents airs tonight at 9pm on Channel 5