Held Captive?

July 24, 2012
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A Desperate Message
When 42-year-old Terri and her 18-month-old son, Karson, were allegedly held captive and abused by her live-in boyfriend, Troy, an unlikely hero came to their rescue: Facebook. Terri joins Dr. Phil in an exclusive interview to tell her side of the story.

“I just did it and just prayed to God that somebody would help.”

Doubt or Denial?
Troy’s parents, Reed and Karla, don’t believe Terri’s claims. They say Terri is an alcoholic and a liar and are in doubt about some of the charges against their son. They say they received texts from Terri during the time that she says she had no access to her phone. Are there holes in Terri's story, or are they in denial about their son’s abusive behavior?

“My son is in jail because he met a woman who is a sociopath and a chronic liar.”

Healing a Broken Family
Troy’s sister, Amber, visits him in jail. Find out what she says he wants everyone to know and why she says she has proof that Terri is lying. And, Kathy is a friend of Terri’s who says she’s witnessed Terri’s injuries, allegedly from Troy. Find out what she has to say. Can this family come together for the sake of Terri and Troy’s son?

Dr. Phil tries to help bridge the gap between Terri and her extended family.

Troy pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault, one count of sexual battery and two other minor charges. He is awaiting sentencing with a possible maximum sentence of 15 years.