Children ignored as couple get high

Children ignored as couple get high
Fresh start: Seeing his daughters when they first visited him in jail made Jerry cry, pushing him to strive for a clean life ahead.

Drugs brought them together and then tore their family apart.

When they met in 2001, he was an 18-year-old drug addict and pusher. She was his 16-year-old customer.

It was not love at first sight. Although he found her attractive, he was too much into drugs at the time.

As fate would have it, they bumped into each other four years later.

By then they had been in and out of jail - twice in her case.

By the following year, they were married. Two children, both girls, followed.

The couple, whom we shall call Jerry and Jane, kept clean until 2009, when they got hooked again.

And so began their downward spiral, ignoring their kids who were begging and crying for their parents who were only intent only on getting high.

Their wake-up call came in 2010 when they were caught for drug abuse and sent back to jail.

Jerry, who is now out, is waiting for his wife's release so they can rebuild their lives with their children, now aged seven and five. The car dealer, 31, knows that there can be no more second chances.

It is either lose the drugs or lose the family, he told The New Paper.

Recalling how he met his wife, he said: "Somebody gave her my number as she wanted to buy drugs. I found her very pretty, but I didn't date her. I was so caught up with drugs that I didn't think about girls - just drugs."

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