Teen who shared photos of growing up with drug addict's mother was taken FIVE times out of her care

A house full of trash, drugs and broken glass, a mother who was in bed for days and 20 different schools before the sixth grade: this is the reality of life growing up with an addicted parent.

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Last week, Brynlee Richardson, now 17, from Layton, Utah, shared photos of her disadvantaged youth who went viral and shocked the world.

Now the teenager and her brothers and sisters have talked exclusively with DailyMail.com about their neglected childhood with their addicted mother Kami.

Davidlee, now 25, from Boise, Idaho, remembers being chased down a hill by a drunken parent and called to help her after her fall.

Elder daughter Jaralee, 23, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, says she was forced to become a mother to her younger siblings – she even chose homeschooling so she could walk to the school bus with them.

And Dannika, 20, told DailyMail.com how her mother fled with her and Brynlee in an attempt to evade CPS after bringing her two oldest children to school while she was drunk.

Brynlee and her siblings spoke exclusively with DailyMail.com about their neglected childhood with their addicted mother Kami. Pictured: Kami Richardson with Davidlee (far left) Brynlee Richardson (center), Jaralee Metcalf (second from the right) and Dannika Richardson (far right)

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Brynlee and her siblings spoke exclusively with DailyMail.com about their neglected childhood with their addicted mother Kami. Pictured: Kami Richardson with Davidlee (far left) Brynlee Richardson (center), Jaralee Metcalf (second from the right) and Dannika Richardson (far right)

Brynlee and her other four brothers and sisters were eventually taken away from their mother and adopted by older half-brothers and sisters from their father Noel Lee's first marriage. Pictured l-r: Dannika Richardson, 20; Davidlee Richardson, 25; Brynlee Richardson, 17; and Jaralee Metcalf, 23

Brynlee and her other four brothers and sisters were eventually taken away from their mother and adopted by older half-brothers and sisters from their father Noel Lee's first marriage. Pictured l-r: Dannika Richardson, 20; Davidlee Richardson, 25; Brynlee Richardson, 17; and Jaralee Metcalf, 23

Brynlee and her other four brothers and sisters were eventually taken away from their mother and adopted by older half-brothers and sisters from their father Noel Lee's first marriage. Pictured l-r: Dannika Richardson, 20; Davidlee Richardson, 25; Brynlee Richardson, 17; and Jaralee Metcalf, 23

Brynlee shared more photos with images of her childhood in a house full of dirt, messy living spaces, dirty bedding, broken glass in a pile of dirty toys, a messy bathroom floor with a knife on it, and a kitchen with & # 39; more pills & # 39; then eat & # 39 ;. Pictured: one of Brynlee's sisters climbing on the dirty bed

Brynlee shared more photos with images of her childhood in a house full of dirt, messy living spaces, dirty bedding, broken glass in a pile of dirty toys, a messy bathroom floor with a knife on it, and a kitchen with & # 39; more pills & # 39; then eat & # 39 ;. Pictured: one of Brynlee's sisters climbing on the dirty bed

Brynlee shared more photos with images of her childhood in a house full of dirt, messy living spaces, dirty bedding, broken glass in a pile of dirty toys, a messy bathroom floor with a knife on it, and a kitchen with & # 39; more pills & # 39; then eat & # 39 ;. Pictured: one of Brynlee's sisters climbing on the dirty bed

Brynlee Richardson, now 17, from Layton, Utah, shared photos of her disadvantaged youth who went viral and shocked the world. She claims that this image shows her after 18 months, lying on a filthy bed with needles on the windowsill

Brynlee Richardson, now 17, from Layton, Utah, shared photos of her disadvantaged youth who went viral and shocked the world. She claims that this image shows her after 18 months, lying on a filthy bed with needles on the windowsill

Brynlee Richardson, now 17, from Layton, Utah, shared photos of her disadvantaged youth who went viral and shocked the world. She claims that this image shows her after 18 months, lying on a filthy bed with needles on the windowsill

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Jaralee said: & She loved us and I know that, but often she just wasn't there – I suspected she slept a lot.

& # 39; She was addicted to meth, heroin. She was addicted to alcohol. Hemp. Sugar. Caffeine. She ate a lot of junk food and drank a lot of soda.

& # 39; I would say that she has spent most of her life in her bed, only with those things and all her medicines also with her. We were important to her and we recognize that, but drugs came first. & # 39;

All four – and their younger half-brother AJ – were eventually taken away from their mother and adopted by older half-brothers and sisters from their father Noel Lee's first marriage.

But the brothers and sisters say that it should not have been so long before they found a safe home and said their mother had too many chances to get them back – five in total.

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Davidlee said: & I think twice. Twice must be the limit that is given. I understand a second chance but after a second chance …

& # 39; I understand a DUI and you are put in care for a month while they sort things out, but after that it's too much. & # 39;

Kami, who died in 2017 at the age of 46 after choking in a plastic heroin bag in her aunt's house in Birmingham, Alabama, became addicted to alcohol at the age of 13.

When she was 20 years old, she already used meth, but managed to find her way to Idaho from her birthplace of Tennessee, where she met Richardson's father, Noel Lee.

When he was 51, he was a herbalist for more than three decades and first gave her a job as an assistant before he made her his second wife.

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Two years later Davidlee was born and in the next six years Kami had three more children: Jaralee, Dannika and Brynlee.

Kami, who died in 2017 at the age of 46 after choking in a plastic heroin bag in her aunt's house in Birmingham, Alabama, became addicted to alcohol at the age of 13.

Kami, who died in 2017 at the age of 46 after choking in a plastic heroin bag in her aunt's house in Birmingham, Alabama, became addicted to alcohol at the age of 13.

By the age of 20, she was already using meth, but managed to find her way to Idaho from her birthplace of Tennessee, where she met Richardson's father, Noel Lee.

By the age of 20, she was already using meth, but managed to find her way to Idaho from her birthplace of Tennessee, where she met Richardson's father, Noel Lee.

Kami, who died in 2017 at the age of 46 after suffocation in a plastic heroin bag, became addicted to alcohol at the age of 13. At the age of 20 she already used meth, but managed to find her way to Idaho from her native Tennessee, where she met Richardson's father, Noel Lee. Pictured: Kami (left) shortly before she died and Kami 17 years (right)

The brothers and sisters say that their father Noel Lee, although he worshiped them, was not really present. He died in 2006 when the youngest daughter Brynlee was only four years old. Pictured l-r: Davidlee, Jaralee and Dannika

The brothers and sisters say that their father Noel Lee, although he worshiped them, was not really present. He died in 2006 when the youngest daughter Brynlee was only four years old. Pictured l-r: Davidlee, Jaralee and Dannika

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The brothers and sisters say that their father Noel Lee, although he worshiped them, was not really present. He died in 2006 when the youngest daughter Brynlee was only four years old. Pictured l-r: Davidlee, Jaralee and Dannika

Jaralee said: & # 39; After my father passed away, I chose to get home-schooled by a neighbor so that I could walk them to and from the bus stop to make sure they went to school. My two-year-old brother was home at the time and I would come home during the school day to check him, change his diaper and then leave so that he was home alone because she had fainted. & # 39; Pictured: Davidlee with Jaralee holding Dannika

Jaralee said: & # 39; After my father passed away, I chose to get home-schooled by a neighbor so that I could walk them to and from the bus stop to make sure they went to school. My two-year-old brother was home at the time and I would come home during the school day to check him, change his diaper and then leave so that he was home alone because she had fainted. & # 39; Pictured: Davidlee with Jaralee holding Dannika

Jaralee said: & # 39; After my father passed away, I chose to get home-schooled by a neighbor so that I could walk them to and from the bus stop to make sure they went to school. My two-year-old brother was home at the time and I would come home during the school day to check him, change his diaper and then leave so that he was home alone because she had fainted. & # 39; Pictured: Davidlee with Jaralee holding Dannika

The brothers and sisters say that, although he loved them, Noel Lee was not really present after raising nine children with his first wife Joyce Anne Larsen.

Brynlee said: “My father was 30 years older than my mother, he was just like an old man. He was a little past his father years.

& # 39; He had nine children before. He was too old at the time to be a father. & # 39;

Although the brothers and sisters remember that he made omelettes for them on Saturday morning, he died in 2006 when the youngest daughter Brynlee was only four years old.

There would be rotten food, the dishes were never done. We have probably eaten from dirty bowls because you are not thinking of doing the dishes when you are a child.

The children were left alone with Kami who had continued to use all her pregnancies and had spent most of her time in bed.

Despite that, she managed to have another child – Asa Fleming – with a boyfriend. He has since been adopted and now lives with his family in northern Idaho.

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Jaralee said: & # 39; The house was full of trash and knives and I would put my sisters to bed every night.

& # 39; After my father died when we moved to Tennessee for a few years, I chose to go to a home school through a neighbor so that I could walk them to and from the bus stop to make sure they went to school.

& # 39; My two-year-old brother was home at the time and I would come home during the school day to check him, change his diaper and then leave so that he was home alone because she had fainted. & # 39;

Davidlee said: & # 39; we used to live with spaghetti O & # 39; s and fruit loops. Easy food that we could put together ourselves. She didn't really cook – she was usually in bed.

& # 39; There would be rotten food, the dishes were never done. We have probably eaten from dirty bowls because you are not thinking of doing the dishes when you are a child. You just see a bowl and use it.

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& # 39; I remember a lack of bathing. We just have not taken many baths. & # 39;

Dannika said: & # 39; It was normal for us then. It was so normal for us. There was glass on the steps at the front and I didn't think of anything else, but I still have scars on it. I didn't think about it for long. We talked about this not so long ago, but how long did we wear the clothes we were in? How long were we in those dresses? & # 39; Depicted: one of the brothers and sisters in the dirty house

Dannika said: & # 39; It was normal for us then. It was so normal for us. There was glass on the steps at the front and I didn't think of anything else, but I still have scars on it. I didn't think about it for long. We talked about this not so long ago, but how long did we wear the clothes we were in? How long were we in those dresses? & # 39; Depicted: one of the brothers and sisters in the dirty house

Dannika said: & # 39; It was normal for us then. It was so normal for us. There was glass on the steps at the front and I didn't think of anything else, but I still have scars on it. I didn't think about it for long. We talked about this not so long ago, but how long did we wear the clothes we were in? How long were we in those dresses? & # 39; Depicted: one of the brothers and sisters in the dirty house

Davidlee said: & # 39; we used to live with spaghetti O & # 39; s and fruit loops. Easy food that we could put together ourselves. She didn't really cook - she was usually in bed. There would be rotten food, the dishes were never done. & # 39; Pictured: the kitchen with & # 39; more pills than food & # 39;

Davidlee said: & # 39; we used to live with spaghetti O & # 39; s and fruit loops. Easy food that we could put together ourselves. She didn't really cook - she was usually in bed. There would be rotten food, the dishes were never done. & # 39; Pictured: the kitchen with & # 39; more pills than food & # 39;

Davidlee said: & # 39; we used to live with spaghetti O & # 39; s and fruit loops. Easy food that we could put together ourselves. She didn't really cook – she was usually in bed. There would be rotten food, the dishes were never done. & # 39; Pictured: the kitchen with & # 39; more pills than food & # 39;

On the bathroom floor of the house in Idaho you can see a knife covered with debris, including clothing and towels
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On the bathroom floor of the house in Idaho you can see a knife covered with debris, including clothing and towels

On the bathroom floor of the house in Idaho you can see a knife covered with debris, including clothing and towels

Kami would move the family throughout the country and take them from Tennessee to Washington and back to Idaho. Although she occasionally had sober periods, she never worked and the family lived largely on welfare and social security. Pictured: the house where the children lived with Kami

Kami would move the family throughout the country and take them from Tennessee to Washington and back to Idaho. Although she occasionally had sober periods, she never worked and the family lived largely on welfare and social security. Pictured: the house where the children lived with Kami

Kami would move the family throughout the country and take them from Tennessee to Washington and back to Idaho. Although she occasionally had sober periods, she never worked and the family lived largely on welfare and social security. Pictured: the house where the children lived with Kami

Dannika added: & # 39; It was normal for us then. It was so normal for us. There was glass on the steps at the front and I didn't think of anything else, but I still have scars on it.

& # 39; I haven't thought about it for long. We talked about this not so long ago, but how long did we wear the clothes we were in? How long were we in those dresses? & # 39;

Kami would move the family throughout the country and take them from Tennessee to Washington and back to Idaho.

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Although she occasionally had sober periods, she never worked and the family lived largely on welfare and social security.

The children noticed they were being taken in and out of foster care and told DailyMail.com that they would often arrive in a house with people they didn't know with nothing more than the clothes they wore.

Kami, who later spent time in prison on drug charges, would also move her family through motels to evade CPS and, in some cases, the police.

At the beginning of 2010, Kami and her family began to settle in a motel in Spokane, Washington, and took her two eldest children to Coeur D & Alene, Idaho, to check them out at the schools where they were enrolled.

But she had been drinking that morning and when employees at the school office smelled alcohol, Jaralee and Davidlee were immediately taken away.

The children noticed they were being taken in and out of foster care and told DailyMail.com that they would often arrive in a house with people they didn't know with nothing more than the clothes they wore. Pictured: one of the cupboards piled high with discarded toys

The children noticed they were being taken in and out of foster care and told DailyMail.com that they would often arrive in a house with people they didn't know with nothing more than the clothes they wore. Pictured: one of the cupboards piled high with discarded toys

The children noticed they were being taken in and out of foster care and told DailyMail.com that they would often arrive in a house with people they didn't know with nothing more than the clothes they wore. Pictured: one of the cupboards piled high with discarded toys

Brynlee revealed her heroic brother Davidlee decided to take pictures of their situation and then showed the shocking images to his teacher who reported the matter to the CPS

Brynlee revealed her heroic brother Davidlee decided to take pictures of their situation and then showed the shocking images to his teacher who reported the matter to the CPS

Brynlee revealed her heroic brother Davidlee decided to take pictures of their situation and then showed the shocking images to his teacher who reported the matter to the CPS

A floor covered with toys, clothing and family photos with blown glass

A floor covered with toys, clothing and family photos with blown glass

A floor covered with toys, clothing and family photos with blown glass

Arrested and accused of DUI and the danger of a minor, she tried to have her brother Joel, now 47, hide her younger three children.

This time, however, there was no turning back. Brave, Jaralee, then only 13, got up in court and told the judge that she no longer wanted to live with her mother – telling him about the neglect they had suffered.

I asked the judge to clear the courtroom and I had a whole list of reasons why I no longer wanted to live with my mother.

Jaralee said: & I asked the judge to clear the courtroom and I had a whole list of reasons why I no longer wanted to live with my mother, why she was no longer fit to age and that was the last one times we were taken away. & # 39;

The children were finally removed and later adopted by their older half siblings: Jaralee by older brother John and his wife Jodi from Shelley, Idaho.

Davidlee went to live with half-brother Steve and his wife Denise in Boise, while Dannika and Brynlee both moved to Layton, Utah, and were adopted by half-brother Jared and his wife Carrie.

They all say that they have now forgiven their mother and, although they have not seen her for nine years when she died, they say that the experience has made them stronger.

Davidlee said: & I see it as if it was a disease. It was a disease. I know it was an addiction, but it has taken over her life. She had schizophrenia, but it was also because of the medication. & # 39;

Both Jaralee and Davidlee are now married and Jaralee is a mother of three-month-old Kent with her husband Kyle, 25.

All brothers and sisters say that they have now forgiven their mother and, although they have not seen her for nine years when she died, they say that the experience has made them stronger. Pictured l-r: Davidlee with his wife Ashleigh; Jaralee with her husband Kyle Metcalf, who is holding their son Kent; Asa Sieger; Dannika Richardson with fiance Cade Herget; Brynlee Richardson and Asa Sieger

All brothers and sisters say that they have now forgiven their mother and, although they have not seen her for nine years when she died, they say that the experience has made them stronger. Pictured l-r: Davidlee with his wife Ashleigh; Jaralee with her husband Kyle Metcalf, who is holding their son Kent; Asa Sieger; Dannika Richardson with fiance Cade Herget; Brynlee Richardson and Asa Sieger

All brothers and sisters say that they have now forgiven their mother and, although they have not seen her for nine years when she died, they say that the experience has made them stronger. Pictured l-r: Davidlee with his wife Ashleigh; Jaralee with her husband Kyle Metcalf, who is holding their son Kent; Asa Sieger; Dannika Richardson with fiance Cade Herget; Brynlee Richardson and Asa Sieger

Both Jaralee and Davidlee are now married and Jaralee (photo) is a mother of three-month-old Kent with her husband Kyle, 25.

Both Jaralee and Davidlee are now married and Jaralee (photo) is a mother of three-month-old Kent with her husband Kyle, 25.

Both Jaralee and Davidlee are now married and Jaralee (photo) is a mother of three-month-old Kent with her husband Kyle, 25.

Davidlee, a disaster worker, expects a baby in October with his wife Ashleigh, 21, while Dannika marries fiancee Cade Herget in November, 20.

Only Brynlee is still in school, but says she plans to become a lawyer or social worker after leaving school.

Both Brynlee and Jaralee say that one day they want to adopt or help children themselves and they all say that more needs to be done to help drug addicted parents – including the required rehabilitation and making the service free of charge.

For children who are still struggling in homes with drug-addicted parents, they have a message: the situation is not normal, but you should not let yourself be defined by it.

Davidlee said: & I just want them to know that they can fight on and that life is what you make it.

& # 39; Your past has nothing to do with your future. You can make life the way you want and you just have to take control of your life. Don't let your parents' lives be yours. & # 39;

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