Convicted Felon Says Ex-wife Endangered Daughter by Putting Her on 'Toddlers & Tiaras'

In OnScreen & Music by Wendy Michaels , on Friday, August 17, 2012, 8:15 AM (PDT)
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Father Argues He Should Have Custody After Ex Put Kid on 'Toddlers & Tiaras'

The reality show Toddlers & Tiaras doesn't always portray good parenting, but a father of one of the girls featured on the show says his ex-wife put their daughter in danger by appearing on the series.

He's using the reality show as the reason why he should have custody of the girl.

Maddy Jackson and her mom Lindsay appeared on Toddlers & Tiaras -- you may recall Maddy as the girl who sported a Dolly Parton costume, complete with fake boobs.

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Maddy's estranged father, Bill Verst, a convicted felon, is looking to get custody of the little girl, and is using the reality show appearance as fuel for his case.

Maddy's mom tells RadarOnline, "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."

She adds, "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!"

Meanwhile, Verst is on probation for DUI and child endangerment, so it's certainly not the best choice for him to win custody.

The mom argues, "It is my right to put my child in pageants, it is just like any other extracurricular activity like soccer or gymnastics or football. 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."

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She further explains, "Maddy loves pageants ... 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."

What do you think of his case?

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