“We had been having a lot of heated back and forth with our divorce,” said Leslie Calhoun. “But everything was finalized back in February. Truthfully, the thing with the pet waste comes down to this… I got everything I wanted and that cheating sack of [expletive] got a hefty alimony bill. He was pissed.”

When Leslie Calhoun got up the nerve to leave her abusive and cheating husband, she thought that her problems would soon be over.

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“After literally nine years of putting up with Rick hitting me and sleeping around, I had finally had enough,” said the mother of two. “I knew that it would be difficult and I knew he would put up a fight, but all-in-all, I felt like I was going to finally have some peace.”

While her husband was away on a business trip to Palm Springs, the former lawyer moved her and her two school age children into a local motel.

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“I’m not going to lie, at first, I wasn’t sure that I had made the right decision,” said Calhoun. “I really second guessed myself all over the place. Here we were, my kids and me, in this grubby little motel room with the drapes drawn shut. It was scary.”

They went to Burger King and ate hamburgers off the value meal, swam in the pool, and just generally tried to enjoy themselves.

“I tried to make it seem like it was a vacation,” she said. “But in the pit of my stomach, I had all kinds of knots.”

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At some point, the frightened mother knew that her husband would come looking for her and their children…