2012 Shows

(Orignial Air Date: 05/04/12) Sarah took her two young boys, ages 2 and 4, to the gas station and ended up missing for 13 hours. Claiming no memory of what happened during that time, Sarah says she came to at an area hospital miles away. The boys were found alone in the car at the gas station by a convenience store clerk who called the police. Authorities were able to get in touch with Sarah’s husband because her phone and wallet were found in the car. She has been arrested on child abandonment charges and is awaiting trial in June. Did she really lose her memory, or is she making the whole story up? While at Dr. Phil, Sarah undergoes a polygraph examination regarding her memory of what occurred during those 13 hours. Don’t miss the shocking results!

Find out what happened on the show.
Replied By: adiasemog on May 4, 2012, 10:55PM

About 10 years ago I also took Ambien on and off., NOT everyday. Many mornings I found my kitchen counters a absolute mess, milk on the counter, crumbs on the floor, the refrigerator door open and I do not remember doing it..  Several times I bought exactly the same things twice, groceries, clothes... because I could not remember that I already have them. Still today I do not leave the house without a list and know that I have to stick to it because can't trust my memory. I am a very organized person and before use to know were everything and anything was...not anymore. Three years of my life are completely gone, my sleeping  is still a restless mess after this long and I absolutely blame Ambien. Sarah I believe in you, I pray for you and hope your husband stands by you and that you can get help. God bless you and your family.
Replied By: cuticuddly on May 4, 2012, 10:54PM
Dr. Phil didn't mention whether the mother had been looked at for a possible multiple personality disorder.  People with multiple personality disorder live as another personality for hours, days or months, sometimes years with no recollection of having done so.  In fact, they cannot account at all for the time that was missing from their normal life, since without psychological help, they are unaware of having another personality.

The ambien theory doesn't hold water imo.  I've taken it for years, and aside from getting carb cravings, don't suffer any other unexplained behavior or lack of recall.  When I first started taking it, I had one episode of sleep eating.  But after switching to the extended release, I have not had that symptom again.  That may happen in some cases, but I doubt it's common.  And anyway, the mother would have had to be ON it at the time she wandered away, as in having taken it just prior.  There would not have been a reason to take it during the day so that scenerio doesn't seem like a reasonable probability.  Ambien side-effects do not just happen randomly between doses.

Another possibility I can think of is that she may have been depressed, something may have happened that upset her and she might have taken some other drug, possibly thinking she could end her life, which might have resulted in an episode of amnesia so thorough that she did not recall taking any drug at all.  I've even heard of people who suffered from amnesia after being under stress.  Apparently their brains could not deal with the situation, so their brains simply "opted out" and did a kind of "reset" wiping their memories clean.
Replied By: erinb77 on May 4, 2012, 10:39PM - In reply to mac1969
You are clearly missing the point that most of the people who are posting about Ambien are trying to make. They are not trying to diagnose Sara, they are trying to counteract the irresponsible comment that the so called sleep specialist made.  They are trying to point out that the sleep specialist is dismissing that as an option based on misinformation.  This sleep specialist clearly does not know how Ambien works and should not be making such statements on national TV. I think most people are trying to simply counteract that statement and are not saying that Ambien is the exact cause but are trying to say that the reasons it has been ruled out are not correct. They want to make sure people have accurate information about this dangerous medication.
Replied By: gmono6 on May 4, 2012, 10:32PM
Has anyone checked the convenience store to see if they have surveillance cameras?  That may clarify if there was someone in a green jacket or if there was communication between the mom and the boys before she went missing.
Replied By: jacque71 on May 4, 2012, 10:30PM
Could she have been drugged? Could someone have given her  scopolamine?


Seperatly, what I found suspicious is she said she remembers everything up until the gas station. She would then have to remember opening up the safe and taking the gun out that morning when she left the house. This was before her amnesia.

Replied By: pichette on May 4, 2012, 10:26PM - In reply to nickershutchie
I have to agree with you!!!
Replied By: pichette on May 4, 2012, 10:22PM - In reply to aperturefocus
The husband looked very suspisious to me and the UFO connection is not too far fetched
Replied By: starr318 on May 4, 2012, 10:16PM
I felt the woman who left her children  in the car was telling the truth.  I felt that maybe she might have a split personality and that's why the lie detecter test was not in her favor.
Replied By: shar43 on May 4, 2012, 10:15PM
Is it possible her husband's "self hypnosis" hasomething to do with her not remembering? I totally believe her...
Replied By: bbunting1 on May 4, 2012, 10:14PM
I personally never taken this pill, but I had a close friend who would call people while taking it and have hours or more long conversations and never remember even picking up the phone. She would even talk weird or odd...almost like it wasn't her you were talking to.

Now, Do I believe this girls story?? I don't know. In order to walk away from my kids...I would have to either be dragged by force or completly oblivious to reality. I do however know to disregard the med she was on is wrong.

I wish the best for her kids and I hope she gets this figured out.
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