Mother Might Lose Custody Of Daughter Over ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ Pageants

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Ever since “Toddlers & Tiaras” first aired, I’ve joked that I’m going to call Child Protective Services on these parents. I would never do such a thing but I was trying to make a point that such pageants — and particularly the way some parents go overboard with them — are actually quite dangerous to a child’s psychological health.

Turns out my joke had some truth to it. Madisyn Verst was one of the stars of TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras” last year. She was known for her Dolly Parton outfit — featuring fake ta-tas and padded bum. Her mother’s costuming was so over-the-top that it inspired People magazine cover featured here (“Gone Too Far?”).

It turns out mother Lindsay Jackson may have gone too far — at least in the eyes of government officials. At a court hearing in Campbell County today, she could lose custody of Maddy to to father Bill Verst, who is requesting full custody.

“I’ve done nothing wrong, by way of being a mother, I’m a great mother,” Jackson told exclusively. “Because I participate in pageants with my daughter is not a reason to take my child from me.”

Jackson claims that her ex-husband is using Maddy’s participation in child beauty pageants as a reason for the court to award him full custody.

But she may lose custody. A court-appointed psychologist recommends that the father be made primary custodian.

In coming to the recommendation, the psychologist writes over 3,000 words condemning Maddy’s participation in child beauty pageants, specifically citing her Dolly Parton number on “Toddlers & Tiaras” and photographs of Maddy dressed as “sexy police officer.”

“Obviously, if I had know that this Dolly thing was going to be an issue, I wouldn’t have done it, especially on national TV,” said Jackson. “I never intended for it to be a negative costume – it was costume designed to represent our state. Dolly’s from Tennessee, so that’s what I did. As far as the police outfit goes, it’s nothing more than a pair of shorts and a shirt that says, ‘Bad cop, no donut’ on the back. You can buy it for retail as a Halloween costume – and it’s more revealing than what Madisyn was wearing. That outfit was never intended on being sexualized. (The court-appointed psychologist) thinks it is, but that’s a matter of opinion.”

I don’t think any of us know the particulars of this family situation sufficient to weigh in on who should have custody, but I wouldn’t mind this serving as a cautionary tale against putting your kids in these pageants.


  1. menarelosers

    August 19, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Funny how CPS has the nerve to whine about a child participating pageants, but where are these whinny little punk a%% bi^%$ when there is a REAL case of abuse. There is a reason why the mother devorced control freak loser father who has mommy issues. Get over LOSER, she kicked your loser a%% to the curb ALOOOONG time ago.

    • Véronique Houde

      August 19, 2012 at 11:27 am

      what in the world are you talking about and what does whinny the poo have anything to do with this?

    • RT

      August 21, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      What makes you think she divorced him over him being controlling? She could have been a raving bitch to him, for all we know. She’s a mom who thinks tramping up her kid is okay. He’s a dad who doesn’t want his daughter sexually exploited.

  2. Disgusted

    August 21, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    These pageants frighten and disgust me. It seems that some of these children needed intervention from someone long before now. These parents hardly ever seem to find their behavior to be inappropriate. I’m glad that the father is available to rescue this little girl.

  3. Carl Hallowell

    January 31, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I’ve always said “call CPS”. I’m not joking, however.

  4. Nunya

    April 30, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Thank god someone is finally stepping in to help get these kids out of this basty nasty environment. I hope the father gets custody, and I hope the mother serves some jail time for this crap. And I mean every single one of them. Anyone who puts their VERY young kids through this kind of torture (for the show) deserves to lose them.

  5. Nunya

    April 30, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Argh and after more searching found that (surprise surprise) the father did not get his little girl out of the nasty environment she is in. The mother won, as usual.

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