DUANE “Dog The Bounty Hunter” Chapman has cruelly “abandoned” his son Christopher Hecht, as the troubled 49-year-old is currently in prison.
After Debbie White, Chris’ biological mother, died, Gloria Hecht adopted Chris at five years old.
The Hecht family did not know Dog, 68, was his biological father until the Dog The Bounty Hunter star reached out to the family when Chris was 19 years old.
In an exclusive interview with Central Recorder, Gloria is accusing the reality star of cruelly “abandoning” Chris and treating him poorly through the years.
Gloria claimed her son was “starved for male attention” growing up, as he struggled as a child and adolescent.
She alleged: “Chris has problems because of the abuse he received from others when he was with his biological mother. He was a handful. He did normal stupid teenager stuff. He’s one of those who always gets caught.”
But the “heavy stuff” started for Chris, who she claimed has struggled with drug abuse through the years, when Dog reached out.
Gloria alleged: “He contacted me and said who he was and I was like, ‘No you’re not. Go away and leave us alone.’ But he begged.
“He then reached out to Christopher for the first time when he was 19. When he learned Duane was his father, he was ecstatic. They started a relationship.”
‘THE RELATIONSHIP WENT BAD’
Gloria said Dog and Chris’ relationship “went bad” when his late wife Beth “came into the picture.”
She claimed: “Beth didn’t get along with Chris because he was a few years younger than her. She did not treat Chris good and they did not like each other at all. He was totally singled out when Beth was alive. He was not a nice person to Chris after that.”
Gloria alleged Chris was “hurt” that he wasn’t involved or included in the A&E reality show like his siblings.
She continued to claim: “He tore Chris down every chance he got. Duane has made fun of him and called him names. Chris has two kids that have reached out to Duane and he says, ‘I’m busy I’ll call back’ and he never does. He never sees their children.
“He called me crying, saying, ‘All he does is cuss me, cut me down. I’ve asked him to help me and he won’t, he won’t even give me 25 cents.
“I tried to get Dog out of the picture. I told him you’re not his dad, go away.”
‘DOG IS ALL ABOUT DOG’
Gloria said that despite Dog’s treatment of Chris, he has always still “yearned for his dad.”
She claimed: “He has tried everything possible to get his attention. Fighting, being nice, he tries. Because of his experiences as a child, all he wanted was to be able to call his father.
“Dog is all about Dog. His children are his family. I love you today and I hate you tomorrow. If you don’t do what makes me look good, go away. He is only concerned about himself and finding a wife.
“Why did Dog notify us if this is what he was going to do?”
Duane told Central Recorder on behalf of his rep: “I’ve helped Chris numerous times and will again when he is released from prison.”
CHRIS’ LEGAL TROUBLES
Chris is currently behind bars in a Colorado prison for a 2020 menacing arrest, a prison case manager confirmed to Central Recorder.
On February 8, 2021, Duane was sentenced to three-years in prison with a release date set for November 12, 2023.
A parole hearing has been scheduled for August 2022.
Chris will be appearing in court on October 18th 2021 to hear about Rule 35B. This allows defendants the opportunity to appeal for a reduced sentence.
Gloria said the two may be “sporadically” in contact today.
She added of her son’s ongoing legal troubles: “My feelings are if Dog wasn’t involved he wouldn’t have the legal trouble, but I can’t say for sure. He’s been on drugs since he was 19. It’s been a rollercoaster ride. It’s been my experience for 28 years.
“I think Dog has always made it worse with his treatment of the kid. He doesn’t have to do anything except not treat him that way.”
But Chris isn’t the only child the father of 12 has been on the outs with through the years.
Cecily, who is Beth’s daughter from a previous marriage and was adopted by Dog, said she wasn’t invited to his wedding to Francie Frane that took place earlier this month.
She previously told Central Recorder: “I’m assuming that he thinks I wouldn’t want to be there. I didn’t even know there was a date until Central Recorder did a story about it. If he asked me to go, sure I would, he is still my dad.”
Cecily, 28, continued: “I’ve never met Francie in my life. I haven’t even been to the Castle Rock house since the funeral. I’ve seen my dad twice since the funeral.”
Beth passed away from throat cancer in 2019 at age 51.
Cecily’s younger sister Bonnie, who is Dog’s biological daughter, was also not invited to the wedding.
Dog’s family released a statement at the time, saying: “Family has always been, and will continue to be, important to Dog and Francie and for anyone to suggest otherwise is untrue.”
Gloria said of the family feud: “I feel sorry for Cecily and Bonnie. I’ve tried to contact Bonnie. This was completely uncalled for and incorrect. Those are Beth’s daughters.
“That was wrong.”