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Young Woman With Baby On The Way Struggles To Leave Her Troubled Relationship

05/14/2015 10:16 am ET | Updated Nov 28, 2016

Crystal, 25, and James, 26, have one child together and another on the way, but their on-again/off-again relationship is in turmoil.

"The first time James got violent with me, I was almost 15 weeks pregnant," alleges Crystal in the video above. "When he hit my head against the wall, I was in shock, but my first instinct was to cover my stomach, because I didn't know if he was going to stop."

She claims James has been violent with her on two other occasions since, including when she was three months pregnant with their second child.

“James freaked out and pushed me against the wall. Next thing you know, he’s on top of me, and his hand was right here,” claims Crystal, pointing to her neck. “My child was on the same bed as us, and he’s on top of me. I remember telling him, ‘I can’t believe you did this again — I’m pregnant!’”

But James says he has never laid a hand on Crystal. "She lied, and called the police and tried to ruin me. I didn’t touch her,” he says, explaining that Crystal was actually aggressive with him, and that she is out for revenge. "I'm a great man. I have a good heart," maintains James, pointing out that he has broken up with Crystal numerous times, but she still pursues him and calls him incessantly. He tells Dr. Phil, "I'm here to help Crystal so she can move on and stop all these lying, dramatic situations so we can just co-parent in a sophisticated matter."

How can Crystal stop herself from being drawn back to James every time they split? On today's episode, Dr. Phil tells the couple: "Both of you are very young, and both of you can start making some right decisions. I'm one of those people who believes that not everybody you lose is a loss … You do not belong together.”

He encourages Crystal to work on healing herself, so when the time is right, she can co-parent with James in healthy manner.

"It's important for you to understand that you don't need to always be in a relationship ... You don't need to be in a relationship to be OK," Dr. Phil tells Crystal.

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