Timothy Tai/ Missourian

Jacob Grissom, 14, left, laughs at the exaggerated reaction of his mother, Rebekah Bargowski, after he playfully hit her during a game of pool in the basement of their home in Dixon, Mo., on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Jacob, who is from Rebekah’s previous marriage, is the oldest child in the home and the only child who understands the family’s dire financial situation.

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