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: kennedy9518 on May 7, 2012, 11:55AM - In reply to koolcorey
I agree with  koolcorey why isnt the spouse being looked at more, let him take a poloygraph.  Dr Phil checked on past history of Sara, howvere was there any divorce lawyers contacted prior to this incicdent, has it been discussed.  People will do crazy things when they the think they might lose there children.  I do belive what ever is going on this is a devoted mother, however under the circumstances i hope she is not left alone with those children until this has been resolved.
Replied By: elgusso on May 7, 2012, 11:35AM
I was totally immersed in this particular show.  My gut feelings are that this young lady can't inform anyone what actually happened because she pre-planned to commit suicide again by taking the gun from the safe and hiding it what seemed not too far away by car and then when the time came she couldn't go through with the actual act of killing herself.  It would take too long to walk back to where she had left the kids and someone would have found them first and she had to come up with a story to cover herself.  She didn't dare tell anyone what she was up to or she would lose the only precious things she loved - her two sons.  The courts and the Dr.'s would take them out of her care.  She has no choice but to stick with her story.  But I guess Dr. Phil already knows this but needs her to say it.  How sad for such a pretty young lady.  And I can't help but wonder about her husband and some of his actions - that's enough to depress anyone.
Replied By: arizona_22 on May 7, 2012, 9:40AM - In reply to terbear1955
I could not agee with you more!!
Replied By: arizona_22 on May 7, 2012, 9:39AM - In reply to debijol
I have to say that I could not agree with you more!! I grew up in a household where my mother had Multiple Personality Disorder. This to me seems like a CLASSIC case of undiagnosed MPD. I hope that they can look into this and get down to the bottom of it, but as someone who has lived through these types of situations...I just have this feeling in my gut that this is what is the issue!!
Replied By: arizona_22 on May 7, 2012, 9:33AM
I think it a little weird that the subject of Disassociative Identity Disorder and/or Multiple Personality Disorder have not been considered more closely. 

I grew up in a home where my mother had this disorder. I remember on multiple occasions when my mom would be gone for hours and my father would get a phone call with her crying and saying that she didn't know where she had parked the car and where she had been for the last several hours. This was a common occurence in our household while I was growing up. Hearing the stories on the show on Friday brought me right back to those moments in my childhood. 

I also remember and know that depending on which personality is taking over at that time, the host personality may or may not be co-concious. In other words they may or may not remember anything and everything that is going on. This differs with each personality, and possibly this could explain the problem that occured with the poly-graph test. 

As someone who grew up with this and has dealt with it her entire life.... (I am 30 now and mom was diagnosed when i was 6) there is something in this story that just feels like it is hitting ery close to home. From the way the mother was acting to the details of each of the situations.......somebody experienced with DID/MPD......seriously needs to look into this as I feel this is a VERY strong possibility in this situation!!!!!!! This poor mother needs help :/
Replied By: eatpraytravel on May 7, 2012, 9:31AM
I am sorry but I just do not believe her at all. She reminds me way too much of another Casey Anthony, completely lacking in emotion and deadpan.  I noticed while she was talking that she rarely even made mention of her children, only the situation surrounding her "memory loss", etc. She should have been more concerned for her children in all of this, and distraught enough to show some emotion. The ONLY time she showed ANY emotion was when the polygraph came back not in her favor. Suddenly she was able to cry...

I believe she may have been suicidal or depressed enough to want to run away from her family and home life but then changed her mind and had to come up with an elaborate story to get her out of the mess. Something is completely lacking in her story. She obviously has some severe mental issues that need to be addressed, but I do believe her leaving her children was intentional at the time and her story is false.
Replied By: amberland on May 7, 2012, 9:26AM
During the first part of the show I kept thinking that her behavior and memory lose seemed like someone who had been drugged, maybe with something like Ambien.  I was completely blown away when they said that she had Ambien in the house and Dr. Phil didn't mention that that could be the cause!  I really feel like Dr. Phil dropped the ball on this one.

Taking a gun out of a safe and replacing it with a Gameboy and Walkman?  Even if she is depressed or suicidal, that still doesn't make any sense.  But it does sound exactly like what someone on Ambien would do.

The fact that this has happened more than once is even scarier.  She needs to get all the Ambien out of her house and never take it again.  And if she did move that gun while on Ambien, they need to do a complete check of their house.  She could have put it anywhere, even in the children's toybox.
Replied By: larcolant on May 7, 2012, 9:24AM - In reply to ezbreezy26
I suspect demonic possession. I do not think this should be dismissed either.

I am not a loony toon. I have two degrees , one in psychology, therefore, my first conclusions are always based on the psych or biology. For some reason this time my first reaction was demonic possession .My suspicion was solidified when the husband disclosed he tried to hypnotize his wife. I am told this is an optimum time for possession to occur. Maybe that is why , as Dr Phil cautioned, some people do not return from the altered state.
Replied By: linuxgarou on May 7, 2012, 8:35AM
I am not seeking on weighing in on the veracity of Sarah's testimony. However, I am wondering about the use of the polygraph test in verifying the truthfulness of her words, especially when a quick search turns up a number of sources casting light on its questionable reIiablity. I have seen a number of Dr. Phil shows that have relied on the polygraph test in the past, and while I do not religiously watch all the shows available, the ones I have watched didn't put in question the reliablity of the polygraph, despite the fact that there exists enough evidence to put the results it produces under suspicion.

While advocates of polygraphy claim that the test is reliable at 90%-95%, and businesses that offer lie detector testing try to claim even 95%-100% reliabilty, the test has little credibility among scientists. In fact, in 1997, a survey of nearly 500 psychologists estimated the test's average accuracy to be 61%, which is only slightly better than 50/50. 

The test is not generally admissible in court as final proof of innocence or guilt. And while in the US, it is allowed at the discression of the judge, in Europe it is not considered reliable evidence at all and is completely rejected.

Even when considering the means by which the test determines the truthfulness of the subject's testimony, many possible sources of error can be identified. Since the test relies on comparing physiological responses between control questions (that determine the basis) and questions of interest, it is quite possible that the subject's fear at failing the test and the possible repercussions to such a situation, could easily color the results, regardless of the subject's innocence.

Which is why the fact that the polygraph test was used at the end of the episode to conclude that Sarah was in fact withholding information, and the audience's reaction at the "damning" evidence definitely surprised me. While I understand that an expert in the field does have more experience in trying to appropriately gage the results, using the polygraph as the final word in such a situation is questionable at best, and the audience, as well as the viewers should be informed of the fact that this test is in no way infallible.
Replied By: paforormd on May 7, 2012, 7:55AM
  Has the Polygraph Specialist ever done a polygraph on a person who was in a hypnotic state?
Perhaps a person under this influence does remember events on a subconscious level and, therefore, causes a positive result on the test. This could have been the situation with this woman who "left her children at the gas station".
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