10/30/2014 02:33 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Why A Woman Refuses To Leave Her Husband Who Threatened To Kill Her (VIDEO)

Kaitlyn says her husband, Josh, is the love of her life and she can’t imagine life without him. “I would describe Josh as a great father, a great husband, a caring person and a hard worker. Josh is a really loving, sweet person,” says the young mom.

But Josh, who’s a professional fighter, landed in jail after assaulting Kaitlyn on two separate occasions over the course of a weekend. Kaitlyn insists that Josh, the father of her two young children, doesn’t deserve to be in jail over what she calls “trumped up” charges, and blames her mother for "meddling" and contacting the police. Kaitlyn says no matter what, she’s standing by Josh.

Dr. Phil asks Kaitlyn, “Has he threatened to kill you?”

“Yeah, but I have too,” she says, shrugging it off.

In the video above, Dr. Phil reads A text message from Josh to Kaitlyn: “’You’re * dead. And if you even try to bring my kids into it, the worse it will be for you. And if you try to make a scene, I will choke you unconscious and smash your throat.’”

In a telephone interview from jail, Josh speaks out for the first time exclusively to Dr. Phil on Thursday’s show. Check here for local listings.

If you or someone you know is frightened about something in your relationship, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224. Remember, a safe exit strategy is essential. For more information on where to turn for help, consult these Domestic Violence Resources.

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