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Soon to be 15 Year Old Step Daughter Who is Physically Abusive to Family Members

I have a soon to be 15 year old step daughter who I have raised since she was 2. She hits me, bites me, pulls my hair, scratches me, and calls me a bitch. She does this to her grandma also. She also tries it with her brother and has even drew her fist back at her dad. We sent her to Texas to spend the summer with her mom and she physically abused her mom within 2 weeks. She is bipolar but medicated.

I am to the point that I do not want her at my house due to the roller coaster of emotional and physical abuse. She is very good at getting out of trouble with her dad and nanny. I don't know what to do. I am trying to talk them into getting her in an in-house treatment or even a permanent group home.

What do you suggest???

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