Later reuniting with his mother and her new spouse, McQueen’s challenges deepened. He discovered his dyslexia and grappled with partial deafness due to an untreated ear infection. Moreover, his stepfather subjected him to physical abuse, prompting a 9-year-old McQueen to run away from home.
Sent back to his great-uncle by his mother, McQueen’s situation remained tumultuous. He was brought back into his mother’s household at the age of 12 after her third marriage. However, the abuse persisted, leading McQueen to return to life on the streets.