Toddlers and Tiaras mother who has been accused of sexualizing and exploiting her daughter is now fighting to keep the five-year-old
22:42 GMT, 16 August 2012
22:42 GMT, 16 August 2012
A mother who began putting her daughter in beauty pageants since she was 13 months old has been accused of sexually exploiting her child and is now fighting her husband for custody.
Maddy Jackson, now five, became famous after appearing on TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras last year dressed in a Dolly Parton costume.
After the television appearance, where Maddy's mother, Lindsay, put fake breasts in her dress, the girl's estranged father Bill Verst has sought custody of her.
Showtime: Maddy Jackson, now five, became famous
after appearing on TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras last year dressed in a
Dolly Parton costume
Ms Jackson told RadarOnline that she is fighting hard to keep her daughter.
She said: 'Maddy has been doing pageants since she was a baby and this is the first time Bill has ever said I'm a bad mother.
'He never made an argument about it until the show aired and now he's trying to say that she's sexualized and that I'm trying to exploit her and I'm not!'
'Maddy loves pageants, she begs to go to
them every weekend, which we just can't do,' the mother added.
Confusion: Mother Lindsay readjusts the chicken
fillet breast enhancements on four-year-old Maddy, she has now been accused of sexually exploiting her child and is now fighting her husband for custody
'She was so
happy when she was on Toddlers & Tiaras. On Sundays when they're
over she cries because she doesn't want them to end. I do not have to
force her to do them, Maddy has so much fun she would do them all the
time if she could.'
According to Ms Jackson, Mr Verst is a convicted felon on probation for a DUI and endangerment, a fact which she argues the judge, and the court-appointed psychologist, is ignoring.
Ms Jackson alleges that Maddy's father
puts her in 'dangerous situations', and is facing a losing battle thanks
to his wealthy family, who she says is influencing the decision.
Curvaceous: Maddy sporting padding on her bottom, hidden under her
Barbie pink catsuit, which her mother, Lindsay, pictured, has called her
'I feel like I'm fighting a battle without bullets,' she said.
'It is my right to put my child in
pageants, it is just like any other extracurricular activity like soccer
or gymnastics or football,' she argued.
'It is not illegal to do pageants, it
is a hobby that we participate in and the government cannot tell me
that I can't put my daughter in pageants.'