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Melissa Etheridge's Ex On Burning Their Child With A Cigarette: 'That Kid Has Insane Pain Tolerance'

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May 28 2018, Updated 10:09 a.m. ET

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By Amber Goodhand - News Editor

Melissa Etheridge doesn't want to give her ex-partner any extra money in monthly child support payments and in legal documents filed last week, she even claims her ex accidentally burned their young son with a cigarette.

"Respondent Tammy Lynn Michaels admitted to Petitioner Melissa in August of 2011 that she smokes cigarettes and that she accidentally burned Miller when she dropped a cigarette on him," it stated in Melissa's legal documents.

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"This is an unnecessary hazard for the children to be exposed to and exposure to secondhand smoke is detrimental to the children's health."

On April 10 in a poem titled "Laundering Secrets," Tammy addressed the cigarette burning incident explaining that while she was "doing her bad habit," their son unexpectedly ran up at her playing "Invisible Monster Tackling Mommy."

Tammy also goes on to say that her son "has insane pain tolerance" and that Melissa was alerted immediately — and in a flash turns the tables on her ex and all her "money secrets, sex secrets, pay-to-say-nothing secrets and cheating secrets."

Read Tammy's full poem below:

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standing outside

all that clean fresh air

of Los Angeles

(smog-free, of course)

but i'm standing outside nonetheless



i had a cigarette and i was smoking

now kids

they don't always listen,

do they?

when you stand 20 feet away from them and say

"Hey- Mommy's gonna stand over here for awhile

because I'm doing my bad habit;

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you guys can't be up against me for

a few minutes"

how does one know

that her amazing son

with strong and luscious arms and legs

would try to play

Invisible Monster Tackling Mommy





one second I was watching a kid chase a dog,

the next second

a kid was jumping me from behind

how come i was the only one that hollered?

that kid has insane pain tolerance

his tender flesh to the nicotine pencil on fire

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so fast, so quick, he insisted it didn't hurt

gimme a break kid

don't try to be a hero

that's gotta suck

after a(nother) lecture on listening to words

(and staying away from Mommy when

she's puffing on fire)

it seemed all had been forgotten about



inside me

the all-consuming guilt

the horrible knowing

that my boo-boo

had a boo-boo

FROM ME!!!!!!!!


I alerted his other mother immediately, because

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it's the right thing to do

no matter how embarrassing

thank god it's written now

for all the world to see

it's hard to hide a secret

i cannot

i suck at it

well, my secrets anyway

others' secrets?

not mine to tell

i'm golden like that.

someone else? secrets for them?


money secrets

sex secrets

pay-to-say-nothing secrets

cheating secrets

other-people-wrote-it secrets

so many secrets to hide from

...point to another circumstance

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in hopes they'll stop looking at your secrets

laundry day, missus, laundry day.

all my love to the sheet-hangers.

Melissa and Tammy have 5-year-old twins together — Miller Steven and Johnnie Rose — and Melissa also has two children from a previous relationship with Julie Cypher.


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