Connie Culp's daughter, Alicia, helped her realize she couldn't go back to Tom.
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Despite everything she's been through, Connie says she has considered going back to Tom. "He really needs somebody to talk to, he does. He needs help; he's got a temper," she says. "I just thought, 'He doesn't trust anyone.' I was the only one he trusted."

Connie says Alicia helped her realize she could never be with Tom again. "[I asked her], 'What kind of example would you set for me if you went back to the man that shot you?'" Alicia says.

The truth clicked for Connie when she heard her daughter's words. "Do I want her to live through what I went through? The ups and downs? Because everybody thinks it's going to get better. It's not going to get better unless they get help," she says.

For years, Connie tried to make excuses for Tom, claiming the shooting was an accident. "Well, guess what? I don't think it was," she says. "Today's the first time I've ever said that."
FROM: Weeks Before Her Sudden Death: Oprah and the Mermaid Girl
Published on September 22, 2009

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