Stepson has been violent in the past throwing things around the house, and has become physical with both his mother and me. He is in a gang, and has admitted this on record. He sells and does drugs, and has tested positive for marijuana. He uses explicit language around the house, and does what he wants. He skips school, and has threatened me with further violence. I've expressed my concerns to his mother who just gets angry with me for even talking about it. I believe this has become a toxic environment for my daughter, but it does not seem like I can do anything about. I cannot just leave with her because her mother will just drag her back, and then I won't be there to protect her. I am truly at a loss for what I can do personally that will help the situation.
It's unclear whether you are still living in the house with your co-parent with the abusive minor, or are in separate households. If you are living in the same household with the other parent, the two of you need to come up with a coherent parenting plan that addresses what is going on, and what can be done. Given the age of the minor - 14 - you will likely have difficulties in enacting your plan. At the end of the day, depending on what is occurring, unfortunately you may have to involve the authorities.
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