In her first divorce filing, as well as in the personal protection order, Christine Keith outlined what she said was her husband’s controlling, erratic and sometimes violent behavior. The couple were married in 2003, but just five years later they were filing for divorce.
Police were called to their Jackson-area home after Randy pushed Christine to the floor, knocking her unconscious briefly.
Christine said they had fought over his refusal to watch the children.
In her petition for the personal protection order, Christine said that in 2011, they were living in a trailer in Webberville, and Randy was fired from his job and didn’t work for a year.
I had to walk on eggshells not to trigger his abuse,’ she wrote, noting that she had been diagnosed with depression and believed Randy also was depressed. ‘(He) stayed in bed for nearly the entire year, only rarely getting up other than to use the bathroom… At least once a week, he told me if I ever left him he would kill me.’
Christine said she kept an old cell phone in the house, and told their children they could use it to call 911.