Is this just a phase or could something else be going on? Stepson will be 9 next Saturday. The other day he told Grandma ( my MIL) that his stepfather beat him with a belt. My husband called BM and had a long talk with her over the phone and at the end of the conversation had come to the conclusion that SS hadn't been hit with a belt. He didn't have any welts or evidence that he was hit with a belt. We had him a week before he said this. He has said other things about his stepfather, for example, that he beat SS with a tv remote, which he told his teacher and CYS got involved with that, who after investigating came to no conclusions that he isn't being beaten. SS admitted he lied about it the tv remote. His other lies aren't about other people, just SF. DH asked BM if SS says anything about him or I while he is here and he doesn't say anything about us. He is left alone with me at times. BM is working and SF is not right now, so he's left alone with SF also at times. Some of the things he says he does and doesn't tell us or things he makes up. He lies about having accidents when we ask him and last week told BM that our dog ran away and we never found her. Our dog was sitting on DH when BM told him this, she never ran away. He just now started telling us a few weeks ago about having accidents instead of trying to hide it. But the part that confuses me is SS will make pictures or paint things and says he is going to give them to SF and he is happy about giving those things to him. I don't understand why he says these things about SF and then goes and makes him gifts. I don't think DH knows what to think either. He's afraid something really is going on, or if he's just going through a phase, that someone is going to get into some serious trouble with CYS. CYS has been involved three times over the last few years from authorities because of SS and all claims have been dismissed.