Max has been a nightmare stepchild but things get even worse when he trips Abby down the stairs.
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Ben “Stitch” Rayburn’s (Sean Carrigan) young son Max (Jared Breeze) has been a sulky, whiny pain in the neck ever since he saw his mother Jenna (Stephanie Lemelin) die in a car crash during a heated phone conversation with his dad’s new wife Abby (Melissa Ordway). At first, we couldn’t blame him for being so angry. He was forced to move in with Stitch and Abby on Thursday 15 September this year while he was still struggling to deal with the loss and lashing out to blame Abby was a natural reaction. But his constant acting out is about to cross the line from malice into murder…
Max’s horrible behaviour has slowly been escalating. He ran away from home on Monday 19 September and was so thoroughly nasty to Abby that she moved out until Stitch enrolled him in school on Wednesday 26 October. But his fantasies about pushing Abby down the stairs after Stitch told him about the pregnancy on Monday 31 October were a red flag. And on Tuesday 15 November, Max was taken into custody by social services after falsely accusing Stitch of being verbally abusive. “Max really seems to play people as he needs them,” explains Jared.
It’s surprising and suspicious when Max suggests throwing a baby shower for Abby on Friday 23 December. But Max shows his true colours on Thursday 29 December when he strings fishing line across the staircase at the Athletic Club during the party, sending pregnant Abby tumbling down. And while Abby is rushed to hospital where she will lose the baby, Max calmly gets rid of the evidence and goes off to watch TV. There’s something so chilling about a killer child. Even ruthless Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) would be shocked!
Max may look innocent… …but this is his handiwork: Abby suffers a miscarriage.