My stepdaughter's grandmother is at the school picking report cards up sending and picking her up from school, watching her get awards and performances and taking her to doctor's appointments because her mother is much too busy for that working part-time. When she did let my step daughter talk to her father on the phone (awhile back), my step daughter was on the line crying because she missed her father and wanted to see him, her mother told her to think happy thoughts. You asked what does my husband do about all this, he gives her medicine when she's with us, he has her hair washed and combed when she's with us, he bought her a new coat to return back to school (which her mother threw in the trash when she went back to her). Regarding the shoes, you are an adult, you make decisions on whether or not you will have proper shoes and clothing, a child needs an adult to make those choices for them when they are 9. As an adult you can also decide that you will not eat for a week but you don't have a right to impose that on a child. Here's a better point you may decide to go outside without wearing a coat in the winter but imposing a decision that works for you on a child is wrong. In this case her mother isn't walking around looking anything like how she sends her child. I understand it is difficult to believe that a mother doesn't like her own baby girl but that's what's going on, she has the behavior of someone who does not like her child. I would be typing for days if I could put everything down. She has accused and reported to cps my husband, me, and my sister in law of abusing my stepdaughter (different times). She told my step daughter that I was going to hurt her (my step daughter) I happen to have a very good relationship with my step daughter but if her own mother would tell her this what is she suppose to do with that information but be scared? But again, all of this is separate from her obsessing over my husband who has so called abused my step daughter in the past by not feeding her dinner. She makes time to go to family court fighting for more access to my husband in lieu of co-parenting a child her mother actually cares for. She uses family court to obsess and prey over my husband anyone in his life while my stepdaughter is technically being raised by her grandmother.