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Rebuilding a Chaotic Life to Provide Her Son a Better Chance in His Own

Feb 02, 2017 - The New York Times

After an explosive fight with her boyfriend, Melissa Monserrate, 18 at the time and five months pregnant, shut herself in the bathroom and put a razor blade to her wrist. Her boyfriend found her before she could hurt herself.

On that night, in December 2009, he stood guard by the door until the morning, making sure she did not leave to try to harm herself again.

She had just moved out of her mother's apartment in Ridgewood, Queens, and begun living with her boyfriend and his famil...