Ira Peskowitz — the father of viral sensation Danielle Bregoli, also known as the Cash Me Outside girl — has started a GoFundMe to “save” his 13-year-old daughter.

In the description of the fundraiser, he says he’s estranged from the young teen, who rose to fame after an appearance on Dr. Phil, as a result of “parental alienation” by Danielle’s mother, Barbara.

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“I’m reaching out to the world, humbly, as a father that was estranged from my daughter, Danielle, as a result of parental alienation,” he writes. “I have always taken care of her financially but was denied the opportunity to truly be a present parent and influence in her life. As a result, Danielle and her future have been compromised with the lack of love and guidance a child needs to be able to flourish in this world.”

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He goes on to explain that he’s asking for money to cover the legal fees needed “to be able to have a happy and healthy life in a stable home with a strong positive future.”

Ira was largely out of the picture when Danielle made her first appearance on TV, during which her mother was cast as a stressed-out single mom in an episode titled, “I Want to Give Up My Car-Stealing, Knife-Wielding, Twerking 13-Year-Old Daughter Who Tried to Frame Me for a Crime.”

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During her appearance on the show, the TV doctor asked Dani about her father, and she wiped tears from her eyes as she tells him about the 49-year-old law enforcement professional who has “another family.”

In a recent interview with the Palm Beach Post, Ira — who has two kids with his wife — called the attention she’s received “appalling,” while insisting that he isn’t the man Dani and Dr. Phil painted him to be, adding that they while the two have a rocky relationship, they do keep in touch (mostly by phone).

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“Danielle feels rejected by me. That poor girl. I did not abandon her. I left her mother, but I did not abandon her,” he said. “I know there is a little girl in there, and I hope one day she can hug me and say, ‘I love you daddy.’”

Even before he launched the GoFundMe (which has a goal of $50,000), he made it clear he hopes to get his daughter’s life back on track.

“She is still young,” he told the Post. “Danielle needs to be allowed to be a normal, healthy 13-year-old girl. Danielle needs to get treatment, needs to get a good education, get involved in physical activity.”

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