At some point, the woman met Peter Thompson and became pregnant with their child. The couple later split up and the woman moved to Midvale, where she gave birth to a son, Rick Malverne. She kept Rick's existence a secret from Peter and vice-versa, not even putting Peter's name on their son's birth certificate.
As Rick grew up, the woman was physically and emotionally abusive towards her son, for no clear reason. She would often beat Rick, sometimes with a belt, and constantly berated him as "garbage". Rick eventually learned about his father and sought to find him. Peter then took custody of Rick, moving him away from Midvale and his mother.