The turning point came when he pulled her by her hair and smashed her head into wall after wall. He then put her, my 6 month old brother and me in the car and started driving with us not having any idea of where he was taking us. Luckily we ran out of gas. As he was leaving to a nearby station, he threatened my mother’s life if she tried to run. I wasn’t sure what to think. In my mind, all I knew was this man was crazy, and we had no choice but to run. My mother had me grab my brother’s diaper bag and we ran down the freeway to the nearest exit. We called my uncle to pick us up and he dropped us off at my Grandmother’s house. That was the last time we ever saw him. - Marcedes Lewis and his mother My mother continued working and started attending junior college to help build our lives back. She met a man who later became my stepfather. The day I was introduced to him, even though I was only eight years old, I didn’t look like an eight year old, and I made sure he knew I didn’t act like an eight year old either. I was very protective of my mom and wasn’t going to let anyone do her any harm. I know I didn’t make it easy on him at first, knowing all that my mom had already been through, but in the end he was he was good for her and became a good husband and stepfather.