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Melissa Etheridge

Tammy Burned Our Kid

With a Cigarette

4/10/2012 11:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Melissa Etheridge has just filed legal docs, claiming her former domestic partner, Tammy Lynn Michaels, accidentally burned one of their kids with a cigarette.

Melissa, who is in an epic battle with Tammy, wants the judge to order both her and Tammy to go smoke-free around their twins ... to prevent any cigarette-related accidents from happening in the future. 

In the docs, Melissa also claims Tammy has accused her of having no maternal instinct and therefore is against striking a 50/50 joint custody deal. Melissa says Tammy is adamant ... she did not give birth to the children to give them away.

Melissa calls Tammy "angry and vindictive."

And highlighting yet ANOTHER display of nastiness, Melissa says Tammy once sent her an email saying, "You have to support so many households because YOU BROKE SO MANY HOUSEHOLDS, silly.  If you had decided to have one ounce of integrity/honesty as a person or partner, you would NOT be in this predicament. Think about it."

In her docs, Melissa attached an email she claims Tammy sent her way ... which says, "They aren't leaving my care while you are on the road -- a completely inappropriate place for 3-year-olds -- not to mention you can't track them, have no child care, and they were bit by dogs in the house last time you had them."

Melissa is asking a judge for more time with the kids. A hearing is set for May 22.

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1.

Johnny Carcinoma    

Les be friends.

837 days ago
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jason    

once again you pull a picture totally out of context to add unfair appeal to the story. It's just not right.

837 days ago
3.

YouDontSay    

Nasty as it gets? It is the truth!

837 days ago
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scoopie    

Accidently is the key word. Wonder if she was perfect? Anything to get away from your legal debts. Ah marriage.

837 days ago
5.

Phreaky    

What a good example for gay couples having children you are.

837 days ago
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Pistol    

I'm with Tammy. And, what is going on with Melissa's other children? How are they?

837 days ago
7.

Ginger    

Millions of kids have been accidentally burned by cigarettes. No, it is not right but it happens. That's no reason to use in a legal separation/divorce argument. Hope Tammy no longer smokes around the kids, tho. Just pay up Melissa and move on to another 'wife.'

837 days ago
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AlwaysOnTimeB    

Oh she said/she said...blah, blah, blah. They need to both grow up and stop acting like children themselves if they really care about the kids.

837 days ago
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ImpatientGirl77    

I have a small scar on my hand from being accidentally burned as a child with a cig. I survived just fine.

837 days ago
10.

Meanie    

What's that saying: be careful what you wish for, you might just get it. Well... equal rights,... equal legal fights. Teehee. :)

837 days ago
11.

tessa    

why has their always have to be a battle!? just act as adults and share custody!

837 days ago
12.

ohboy    

You know what my favorite part of this whole story is? The fact that female commenters heads are exploding because there isn't a man in this relationship to point their fingers at. LMAO, because you just KNOW, that if this a man and woman, the girls here would have a great time saying "he probably cheated! that's why she needs 23,000 dollars a month to live on!" haha. Pathetic females, who's side are you on in this one?

837 days ago
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KnuckleDragger    

Still goes to show ya'...No matter how good she looks, smells, or screws...somebody, somewhere, is tired of her shìt.

837 days ago
14.

Kelly    

How are Tammy's email "nastiness"? They are correct! Tammy may be understandably angry. Melissa is so obviously a female version of a tool.

837 days ago
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jojovich    

Whatever happened to her other kids? Doesn't she have like 4 or 5 now from a couple of different partners? I used to be a big fan but not anymore. She sounds like just another deadbead "dad"... Love how she fought so hard for her and Tammy's relationship to be recognized as a "marriage" and now that it's over, she calls it a "partnership"...can anyone say Hypocrite. Grow up Melissa and do what's right for you kids. Wonder how long before her and her new "wife" find some other dude to procreate with. Funny how she never carries the babies herself. IMHO

837 days ago
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