The Shocking Reason Sisters Say Their Dad Has Stolen From Them

Maurice’s seven daughters claim their father has conned and stolen over $1.5 million from friends, strangers — and them — to give to his former mistress in Mexico, Josefina, whom he says is gravely ill and needs the money for medical expenses.  

His daughters say that their dad told them he met Josefina when he was staying at a hotel in Mexico; she was a maid there. “My dad said that because he only had sex with her twice, it’s not an affair,” says DeLaine, one of Maurice’s daughters. They believe Josefina — whom their dad says he hasn’t seen in over a decade — is conning Maurice with stories that she is dying, and a plea that she needed money for a lung transplant and to treat brain cancer.  

“It just blows my mind,” adds Marissa, another daughter. “I look at her as the scum of the earth. She’s ruined his life. She’s ruined our lives.”  

WATCH: Father Of 7 Explains Sending Money To Mistress In Mexico For Supposed Lung Transplant

While Maurice’s daughters claim he’s being conned by Josefina, they also believe their dad has turned into a con man himself. “His whole life is consumed by giving this woman money,” says DeLaine, explaining that their dad’s obsession has turned him into a “manipulator” and a “thief” who preys on innocent people to whom he now owes thousands of dollars.  

“My dad doesn’t just prey on innocent people; he’s preyed on his own family,” DeLaine says, explaining that he’s also taken money from them, leaving them in difficult circumstances, like losing a house and a car. “Now my mom is packing up her home because my parents’ house is in foreclosure.”  

WATCH: Woman Says Husband’s Double Life Has ‘Torn Apart My Family’

But Maurice — who admits that he’s stolen from his own children — says, “I believe Josefina is truly sick. She may not live. It’s a matter of life and death … There’s no doubt in my mind that she’s telling me the truth.” He says Josefina promised to return all the money, but can’t do so until she’s out of the hospital. “It would be foolish to stop [sending money] now,” he explains.  

WATCH: Dr. Pat Basu, Chief Medical Officer, Doctor On Demand, Weighs In On Josefina’s Reported Medical Claims

Has Maurice become a victim of an elaborate international scam? Is he delusional and needs help? Watch more this episode, “Our Father Has a Secret Life South of the Border and Has Given $1.5 Million to His Former Mistress.”  

Dr. Pat Basu, Chief Medical Officer, Doctor On Demand, Weighs In On Josefina’s Reported Medical Claims

Maurice says he sent his mistress in Mexico, Josefina, money when Josefina claimed she needed a lung transplant.

According to Maurice, Josefina used the money he sent her to purchase a lung on the black market, and took the lung to the hospital for a transplant.

However, Dr. Phil suggests that the story Josefina reportedly told Maurice might not quite add up. Watch the video above as Dr. Pat Basu, Chief Medical Office of Doctor On Demand, discusses the medical validity of Josefina’s the story, as told by Maurice.

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Woman Says Husband’s Double Life Has ‘Torn Apart My Family’

After nearly 50 years of marriage, Linda says her family has been ripped apart by her husband, Maurice’s, secret double life, which included two affairs with two different women in Mexico, spanning decades.

“My husband Maurice has torn apart my family … My whole world was turned upside down, inside out. I felt worthless. I felt like a failure. This is someone that I trusted with my entire life,” Linda says. “My children have just been absolutely devastated. My daughters all feel like they have lost their father. Their hearts have been broken. He has become a pathological liar. He is dishonest to the very core of his being.”

WATCH: The Shocking Reason Sisters Say Their Dad Has Stolen From Them

One of his affairs led to Maurice having a daughter, whom he’s never met but says he has supported financially by sending money to the mother over the years.

As for the other mistress, not only did Maurice have a three-month affair with the woman who was working as a maid at a hotel he was staying at in Mexico, but he says he has also sent the woman nearly $2 million to pay for the woman’s various medical conditions – all of which, Maurice’s family believes are fake. Furthermore, the family claims Maurice conned and stole the money from friends, family and strangers to send to Josefina.

WATCH: Father Of 7 Explains Sending Money To Mistress In Mexico For Supposed Lung Transplant

“I have absolutely no doubt she has conned him,” Linda says. “If I saw her, I probably would scratch her eyes out. How anybody can be at death’s door for 13 years? She’s such a medical miracle. If she’s really ill, let her die.”

Watch the video above as Linda discusses the repercussions of her husband’s infidelity and financial decisions.

This episode of Dr. Phil airs Monday.

Father Of 7 Explains Sending Money To Mistress In Mexico For Supposed Lung Transplant

Karina and her six sisters claim their father, Maurice, has conned and stolen nearly $2 million from friends, family, and strangers to give to his former mistress, Josefina, who reportedly insists he is her only hope to keep her from dying from numerous medical conditions.

Maurice admits to stealing money, including $200,000 from his own daughter, and says he did it because he believes Josefina, who lives in Mexico, has been gravely ill.

“I believe Josefina is truly sick,” Maurice says. “It’s a matter of life and death.”

WATCH: The Shocking Reason Sisters Say Their Dad Has Stolen From Them

Maurice says he met Josefina when she was a maid at a hotel he was staying at in Mexico. What ensued, he says, was a three-month affair.

Four years later, Maurice says Josefina called him, claiming she needed money for a lung transplant.
“She didn’t have anybody to go to,” Maurice tells Dr. Phil.

According to Maurice, Josefina used the money he sent her to purchase a lung on the black market, and then took the lung to the hospital for a transplant. But when the transplant didn’t take, doctors removed the lung, put a new lung in, and Josefina “stored” the rejected lung before turning around and selling it to someone else in exchange for a million-dollar ranch.

WATCH: Woman Says Husband’s Double Life Has ‘Torn Apart My Family’

When the next woman who got the lung eventually died, Maurice says Josefina got the lung back and sold it for $2 million. But now, she says the bank won’t release the money to her “because it’s too much money.”

Besides having a lung transplant, Maurice says Josefina also told him she has battled seven bouts of brain cancer.

“I believe Josefina is truly sick,” Maurice says. “It’s a matter of life and death.”

WATCH: Dr. Pat Basu, Chief Medical Officer, Doctor On Demand, Weighs In On Josefina’s Reported Medical Claims

Despite the fact that Maurice says he hasn’t seen Josefina in over 13 years, he says he is convinced she was telling him the truth.

Watch the video above as Dr. Phil runs down the timeline of alleged events surrounding Josefina’s mysterious lung transplants.

20-Year-Old Mom In Relationship Filled With Cheating and Fighting: ‘I Think I Fell In Love With Him A Little Too Fast’

Courtney says when she first met her boyfriend, Ryan, on a dating app, she was drawn to his personality. But now, a year into their relationship which she says is filled with cheating, lies and fighting, she wonders if it can survive.

 

“I think I fell in love with him a little too fast,” says 20-year-old Courtney.

 

Ryan admits that he has been unfaithful. “I had been dating Courtney about two months before we went on a family cruise. That’s the first time I cheated on Courtney,” he says, admitting that he has since cheated with four or five girls. “Courtney got physically aggressive toward me. Courtney actually, like, cocked back and swung at me.”

 

But the 23-year-old says that Courtney’s lies are just as bad as his cheating. He says that Courtney learned that she was pregnant four weeks after the cruise, and that once they “got past the cheating situation, we were excited to have the baby.” Until Courtney said she was going to end the pregnancy.

 

“Since I didn’t feel like I could trust him, I started to talk to him about having an abortion,” Courtney says.

 

Ryan says he didn’t agree with her decision. “If Courtney were to get an abortion, I just didn’t want to be around her anymore. I was partying a lot. I was living the single life again,” he says.

 

But Courtney didn’t have an abortion – and didn’t tell Ryan. 

 

“Ryan thought this whole time that I had an abortion. I never told Ryan that I didn’t go through with it,” Courtney says.

 

Ryan claims he learned that Courtney was still pregnant during one of their fights. “She said something like, ‘You don’t even realize what you have.’ She said, ‘I’m still pregnant with your child.’ I was freaking out. It went from having a baby, to having it aborted, to having a baby again,’” Ryan says. “Once I found out she was pregnant, I focused just on her and the baby.”

 

But Courtney, who recently gave birth to a baby girl, says she fears Ryan is still cheating. “He’s not being faithful, he’s acting like a teenager, going out and drinking. He needs to just calm down and be a family man,” she says.

 

On Friday’s show, hear from Courtney’s family – with whom Courtney and Ryan live — who say the couple is so absorbed in their own drama, they leave most of the parenting to Courtney’s mom. And, Dr. Phil tells the couple how they can determine if there’s a future for their relationship.

One Thing Every Parent Must Understand About Their Child

“I think there are some fundamental rules that, in life, we just need to embrace. And one of those is you just simply don’t reward bad behavior,” Dr. Phil tells his guest Linda. “When you reward behavior, it’s likely to repeat; when you don’t reward behavior, it’s likely to not repeat because people do what brings rewards.”

 

Linda, who is currently supporting her 20-year-old daughter, Courtney, and allowing her to live in her house with her two children and boyfriend rent-free, says she doesn’t know how to help her daughter, who concealed both pregnancies, among other things, and “does what she wants to do.”

 

“If she lies, and you reward that behavior, by letting her get away with it, giving her what she wants anyway, then that’s likely to repeat,” Dr. Phil continues. “Necessity is the mother of invention. When things stop working, people come up with new ways to behave.”

 

“She’s a very difficult child. I don’t know what to do. I’ve tried everything,” Linda says.

 

“Everybody has a currency. You just have to find what that currency is,” Dr. Phil tells her.

 

This episode of Dr. Phil airs Friday. Check here to see where you can watch.

 

Why 20-Year-Old Concealed Two Pregnancies From Family And Lied To Boyfriend About Abortion

Courtney, 20, has given birth to two children in the last two years, and she has hidden both pregnancies from her family.

 

“I just didn’t feel the need to really tell them. Even though I wanted to tell them, I just couldn’t,” she says. 


WATCH: One Thing Every Parent Must Understand About Their Child

During her first pregnancy, while she was in high school, Courtney didn’t tell her mother until she was three months pregnant, and in her most recent pregnancy, she didn’t tell her family until she was seven months along.

 

“I was afraid to tell my mom this time because I knew she was going to be disappointed again,” Courtney says.

 

Not only did Courtney conceal her pregnancies, she also lied about having an abortion. Early on in her most recently pregnancy, she told her boyfriend Ryan, with whom she has a rocky relationship, that she had an abortion — but never did — and didn’t reveal the truth until a month later.

WATCH: How A Young Couple Can Determine If There’s A Future For Their Relationship

 

In the video above, she tells Dr. Phil why she lied about having an abortion. And, hear from Courtney’s family who share their thoughts about Courtney’s behavior and her pregnancy behaviors.

How A Young Couple Can Determine If There’s A Future For Their Relationship

Courtney, 20, and her 23-year-old boyfriend, Ryan, met on a dating app a year ago and Courtney recently gave birth to their daughter. But their relationship has had its share of strife, including cheating and lying about an abortion. Courtney wrote to Dr. Phil for help making their relationship work, especially for the sake of their daughter. 

 

“Right now, the two of you are behaving in a very immature fashion,” Dr. Phil tells the couple.

 

He suggests they start pre-marital counseling to determine if there’s a future for them. “You’re going to talk about things that involve goals, the definition of a relationship, what emotional integrity means, such things as division of labor, whose responsible for what. You’re going to talk about things like religion, expectations for the marriage, family values. You’re going to talk about conflict resolution. You’re going to talk about in-laws, and boundaries and barriers,” Dr. Phil says. “If you learn these things and expect them to come up, then you can be prepared to deal with them.”

 

He adds that once they go through the counseling and learn what their values are, then they can then decide if they want to spend the rest of their lives together, or just develop a co-parenting relationship. 

 

“That’s what you really need to discover,” he tells them.

Accused Arizona Freeway Sniper Recalls The Day He Was Arrested While He Says He Was Buying Diapers For His Daughter

In August 2015, a string of freeway sniper shootings caused a wave of panic that left Arizona residents fearing for their lives every time they got into their cars.

After weeks of searching for the sniper, authorities announced they had linked a gun to four of the I-10 shootings – and they said that gun had belonged to 21-year-old Leslie Merritt Jr., who was arrested. With Merritt in custody, the shootings seemed to be stopping and authorities endeavored to assure the community it was safe to be back on the roads.

WATCH: Why Accused and Now Released Arizona Freeway Sniper Says He Never Thought About Calling A Lawyer

Just one problem – Merritt insisted he was innocent. And after serving 222 days behind bars, the court found that there was insufficient evidence to continue holding Merritt and the charges against him were dismissed shortly thereafter. He was released from prison.

Now, in an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil, Merritt is speaking out for the first time about the ordeal, starting with the day he was arrested while at the store buying diapers for his infant daughter.

WATCH: Why Leslie Merritt Jr. Says It’s Impossible He Was The Arizona Freeway Sniper

“I had went to Wal-Mart because I just got paid. So I went to go buy some diapers and wipes for my [5-month-old] daughter,” Merritt explains, adding he was there at the store with his now-ex-fiancée and the child.

Merritt claims that as soon as he stepped out of the store, he was surrounded. He further claims that four SUVs pulled up and nearly a dozen police dressed in “full military gear” quickly ordered Merritt to the ground, with their rifles allegedly pointed at his family.

WATCH: Once Accused Arizona Freeway Sniper Describes His 222 Days Behind Bars: It Was ‘Mental Torture’

“I looked over and they had their weapons pointed at my 5-month-old daughter and [my fiancée] too,” he says.

Watch the video above as Merritt talks about the events of that day, and whether he says he had any idea why he was being taken into custody.

WATCH: How Has Life Changed For Leslie Merritt Jr. After Being Arrested and Released As The Suspected Arizona Freeway Sniper?

This episode of Dr. Phil airs Thursday.

Why Accused And Now Released Arizona Freeway Sniper Suspect Says He Never Thought About Calling A Lawyer

Leslie Merritt Jr. says it never occurred to him he was in serious trouble the day he was arrested as a suspect in a string of freeway sniper shootings in Arizona.

Merritt, who served seven months behind bars before eventually being released and having the charges dismissed, has maintained his innocence from day one. In fact, he says he never even thought about calling a lawyer.

“I didn’t think I needed one because, once again, I’m innocent. I didn’t do this. So I figured, I’ll answer their questions and I’m going home,” Merritt tells Dr. Phil in an exclusive new interview airing Thursday.

WATCH: Accused Arizona Freeway Sniper Recalls The Day He Was Arrested While He Says He Was Buying Diapers For His Daughter

Before being taken to jail, Merritt claims he was interrogated for over an hour, as he says police claimed they had matched his gun to bullets pulled from some of the vehicles that were shot, and that they allegedly had video evidence that they claimed showed him on the freeway at the time of the shootings. Still, Merritt admits he may not have comprehended the gravity of the situation.

“But if somebody is there saying we have video of you on I-10 shooting at cars. We have ballistic tested your gun. Ten cops jump on you coming out of Wal-Mart and take automatic rifles and point them at you, your fiancée and your 5-month-old daughter in a shopping cart and drag your ass to jail and say they know you did this – it never occurred to you to say, ‘You know, I might need reinforcements down here?’” Dr. Phil asks him.

WATCH: Once Accused Arizona Freeway Sniper Describes His 222 Days Behind Bars: It Was ‘Mental Torture’

“I was like, you know, I got this,” Merritt says. “I know I didn’t do it. I know there’s no way it matches, I know they’re wrong. There’s no way they have a video of me because I didn’t do this.”

“At what point did you decide, ‘Maybe I need a lawyer’?” Dr. Phil asks.

“When I was sitting in jail,” Merritt admits.

Tune in to Thursday's Dr. Phil, for more of his exclusive interview with Leslie Merritt Jr.

Once-Accused Arizona Freeway Sniper Describes His 222 Days Behind Bars: It Was ‘Mental Torture’

Leslie Merritt Jr. spent 222 days locked up before charges were dismissed and he was eventually released after being arrested as the suspect in a string of sniper shootings on an Arizona freeway.

Now, in an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil, Merritt is speaking out about his arrest and his time behind bars.

“When you went to jail, how’d you get along with the other prisoners?” Dr. Phil asks.

WATCH: Accused Arizona Freeway Sniper Recalls The Day He Was Arrested While He Says He Was Buying Diapers For His Daughter

“I kind of tried to keep to myself. You’d have some guys that are like, ‘Oh we know you’re innocent. Hopefully you can beat this.’ And you have the other guys, ‘We know you did this. You’re a dirtball,’” Merritt says. “For me, jail was kind of like a mental torture.”

In fact, Merritt claims, he was put into solitary confinement from the very start of his sentence.

WATCH: Why Leslie Merritt Jr. Says It’s Impossible He Was The Arizona Freeway Sniper

“[They thought] that it was a liability for me to be around other inmates,” he explains. “I was alone … It was hard.”
Watch the video above as Merritt describes the size and condition of his cell, where he says he spent seven months.

This episode of Dr. Phil airs Thursday.

Why Leslie Merritt Jr. Says It’s Impossible He Was The Arizona Freeway Sniper

Even after serving seven months in jail before charges were dropped and he was released, Leslie Merritt Jr. has always maintained his innocence in the string of sniper shootings on a busy Arizona freeway.

Eleven shootings occurred in the Phoenix area over a 15-day stretch, and authorities claimed they had matched Merritt’s handgun to four of the shootings.

WATCH: Accused Arizona Freeway Sniper Recalls The Day He Was Arrested While He Says He Was Buying Diapers For His Daughter

But Merritt insists it couldn’t have been his gun that was involved in the shootings, because he wasn’t near the locations of the shootings.

“I was nowhere near any of the scenes [for the first three],” he tells Dr. Phil in an exclusive new interview airing Thursday.

WATCH: Once Accused Arizona Freeway Sniper Describes His 222 Days Behind Bars: It Was ‘Mental Torture’ 

Additionally, Merritt says the gun wasn’t even in his possession for the fourth shooting, as, he says, it was at a local pawn shop.

“How could I still be shooting at cars?” Merritt questions. “How could I be responsible for any of them?”

WATCH: How Has Life Changed For Leslie Merritt Jr. After Being Arrested and Released As The Suspected Arizona Freeway Sniper?

Watch the video above as Dr. Phil goes over the dates and locations of each of the shootings, and questions Merritt as to his whereabouts each time.

How Has Life Changed For Leslie Merritt Jr. After Being Arrested, Released As The Suspected Arizona Freeway Sniper?

Leslie Merritt Jr. is now a free man, after serving seven months in jail after he was arrested and accused of being the Arizona freeway sniper.

Merritt, who has maintained his innocence since the beginning, describes his time behind bars as “mental torture.” But he says the challenges didn’t stop the day the charges were dismissed and he was released.

Merritt’s daughter was 5 months old when he was arrested. Now that she’s 13 months old, Merritt says reconnecting with the child wasn’t easy.

WATCH: Accused Arizona Freeway Sniper Recalls The Day He Was Arrested While He Says He Was Buying Diapers For His Daughter

“How did she react when she saw you?” Dr. Phil asks.

“That was really tough for me. When I got arrested, I had my beard and everything. I came out 50 pounds lighter and clean-shaven, she didn’t recognize me at all. She ran away from me. I couldn’t touch her for three days,” he explains. “My son, the first day I was out, he laid down and was taking a nap. He woke up [yelling], ‘Where’s my dad? Don’t leave me! Don’t leave me!’ I was like, ‘I’m not going anywhere bud. I’m sorry this all happened.’

WATCH: Why Leslie Merritt Jr. Says It’s Impossible He Was The Arizona Freeway Sniper

“It tore me up,” Merritt adds. “My kids should not have had to go through that.”

“How do you put your life back together?” Dr. Phil asks Merritt in an exclusive new interview.

WATCH: Once Accused Arizona Freeway Sniper Describes His 222 Days Behind Bars: It Was ‘Mental Torture’ 

“I’m still trying to figure that out myself. I may have been let out of jail, but I’m still kind of confined,” Merritt admits. “Anywhere I go, I don’t know if I’m going to get good or negative comments from people. I get harassing messages. I get people telling me that I’m worse than a terrorist and I should rot in jail. But I also get, ‘We’re so glad you’re home.’”

This episode of Dr. Phil airs Thursday.

Retired Baseball Star Richie Lewis Responds To Family’s Claim He Has A Drinking Problem

Former professional baseball star Richie Lewis says his battle with depression began when he was forced to retire from the game he loved due to injuries.

Richie’s family, however, say he also has a drinking problem.

“I do not live my life as a drunkard,” Richie contends, when faced with the accusations from his family.

WATCH: Daughter Of Ex-Major League Baseball Player: ‘I Hate My Drunk Dad’

Among the claims his family has made are that Richie allegedly showed up drunk to his daughter McKenzie’s high school graduation; that he was drunk at daughter Mariah’s soccer game; and that he was so drunk on Christmas, he couldn’t even open his gifts. Richie denies most of these allegations.

“No way,” Richie says as Dr. Phil reads off a list of his behavior, according to his family.

WATCH: Former Pro Baseball Star’s Wife: ‘My Husband Has Told Me Alcohol Is His Best Friend’

“Were you passed out in a lawn chair on Halloween?” Dr. Phil asks.

“I certainly was,” Richie admits. “That was the last time I can remember getting drunk.”

Watch the video above as Richie responds to Dr. Phil’s question about his own father begging him to quit drinking while he was on his death bed.

WATCH: Deion Sanders Offers Support To Former Teammate Struggling With Alcohol, Depression

This episode of Dr. Phil airs Wednesday.

Deion Sanders Offers Support To Former Teammate Struggling With Alcohol, Depression

Former Major League Baseball player Richie Lewis says he’s been struggling with depression ever since injuries cut his baseball career short after seven seasons in the big leagues.

But his wife and children say Richie’s problems go far beyond depression – they claim Richie has a drinking problem and has become “an embarrassment to the family.”

“I hate my drunk dad,” Richie’s eldest daughter, McKenzie, says. “I don’t know my father as a sober, functioning person.”

WATCH: Daughter Of Ex-Major League Baseball Player: ‘I Hate My Drunk Dad’

Richie flatly denies he has a problem with alcohol, telling Dr. Phil, “I don’t live my life as a drunkard.”

After hearing Richie’s story, Dr. Phil called someone from Richie’s past – former NFL and MLB star Deion Sanders, who was also Richie’s college teammate.

WATCH: Former Pro Baseball Star’s Wife: ‘My Husband Has Told Me Alcohol Is His Best Friend’

“I’m broken right now Dr. Phil, because I know what he is,” Deion says after joining Richie and his family on stage. “He doesn’t understand what he’s been to me. He was the best pitcher in the country. He was the life of the team.”

“What I’ve been seeing today is a shell of what he is,” Deion adds.

WATCH: Retired Baseball Star Richie Lewis Responds To Family’s Claim He Has A Drinking Problem

Watch the video above as Deion pleads with his friend and former teammate to take the help Dr. Phil is offering – before it’s too late.

This episode of Dr. Phil airs Wednesday.

Daughter Of Ex-Major League Baseball Player: ‘I Hate My Drunk Dad’

Richie Lewis was an elite college pitcher and a dynamic Major League Baseball player who faced off against some of the biggest names in the sport.

But now, his family claims Richie is a drunk who is embarrassing the family and slowly killing himself with whiskey, beer and pills, a claim Richie denies.

“I hate my drunk dad,” Richie’s eldest daughter, McKenzie, says. “I don’t know my father as a sober, functioning person.”

WATCH: Former Pro Baseball Star’s Wife: ‘My Husband Has Told Me Alcohol Is His Best Friend’

McKenzie and her two siblings claim their father has been drunk at numerous family events over the years, including McKenzie’s high school graduation, his daughter Mariah’s soccer game, and even his own father’s funeral.

“He is, 100 percent, an embarrassment to the family,” Mariah says. “I just hate the person he becomes when he drinks.”

Richie, however, denies he has a drinking problem and says it’s his battle with depression that is the real issue.

WATCH: Retired Baseball Star Richie Lewis Responds To Family’s Claim He Has A Drinking Problem

“Beating this depression is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” Richie says. “I would rather face nine Hall of Famers at the plate than to try and beat depression.”

According to Richie, who spent seven seasons in the major leagues, his battle with depression started when injuries cut his baseball career short.

“Ever since I retired from baseball, it’s like, ‘Who am I?’” he admits. “I’m physically alive, but my spirit inside just died.”

WATCH: Deion Sanders Offers Support To Former Teammate Struggling With Alcohol, Depression

Still, Richie’s children claim it’s the drinking that is taking a toll on their father’s physical condition – and they fear it could cost him his life if he doesn’t stop.

“It is sad knowing that your dad is going to kill himself slowly,” Richie’s son, Jake, says.

“In my book, it’s just a drawn out suicide,” McKenzie adds.

WATCH: Dr. Phil On Being Raised By An Alcoholic Father

On Wednesday’s Dr. Phil, Richie’s family asks for help in getting the ex-baseball star to face his problem. Plus, his former college teammate and former MLB and NFL star Deion Sanders pays Richie a visit to try and talk some sense into his longtime friend.

Dr. Phil On Being Raised By An Alcoholic Father

“I was raised by an alcoholic father. I know when your dad is subject to being drunk, I know what that’s like. I know you don’t bring your friends home. You don’t bring your friends home because you don’t know what you’re going to find when you open the door,” Dr. Phil tells his guests on Wednesday’s show.

He speaks with McKenzie, Mariah and Jake, who claim their dad – former Professional Baseball player Richie Lewis – has been “abusive” and “belligerent” when he drinks.

Dr. Phil continues: “I brought friends home one time in the sixth grade in Denver, Colorado, in February and my dad was asleep on the driveway, in his underwear, with his pillow and it was 24 degrees out. And I walk up with six friends. What do you say to your friends?” Dr. Phil says.

Watch the video above as Dr. Phil talks with these siblings and their parents about coping with a loved one who may be struggling with an addiction.

Former Pro Baseball Star’s Wife: ‘My Husband Has Told Me Alcohol Is His Best Friend’

Andrea says the first time she realized the love of her life, Richie, might have a problem with alcohol was the night before their wedding.

“I realized alcohol was a big problem for Richie at our rehearsal dinner,” Andrea says. “He drank so much, he mooned my mother.”

“My husband has told me alcohol is his best friend,” she adds.

WATCH: Daughter Of Ex-Major League Baseball Player: ‘I Hate My Drunk Dad’

Richie, who was an all-star college pitcher and played seven seasons in the major leagues, insists he doesn’t have a drinking problem, and instead says he’s struggling with depression – a battle that started when injuries forced him to retire from baseball.

“Ever since I retired from baseball, it’s like, ‘Who am I?’” he admits. “I’m physically alive, but my spirit inside just died.”

But Andrea and her three kids claim it’s Richie’s excessive drinking that is taking a serious toll on their family.

WATCH: Retired Baseball Star Richie Lewis Responds To Family’s Claim He Has A Drinking Problem

“Richie has abused everyone in our family at some point,” she alleges. “In the last 22 years, our family has not had positive memories with Richie.”

Despite a serious medical condition, Andrea says her husband still won’t stop drinking.

WATCH: Deion Sanders Offers Support To Former Teammate Struggling With Alcohol, Depression

“He was hospitalized for pancreatitis – pancreatitis is life-threatening. And even faced with that, he still continues to drink,” she claims.

Andrea has stayed by her husband’s side, she says, because she hoped once they had a family, Richie would “grow out of that behavior.” But now, she says the drinking hasn’t stopped and she turns to Dr. Phil for help.

WATCH: Dr. Phil On Being Raised By An Alcoholic Father

“I have had to completely detach emotionally from him because my heart breaks every day looking at him,” she says. “The kids and I are spectators of this tragic scenario.”

This episode of Dr. Phil airs Wednesday.

Woman Accused By Her Ex Of Coaching Children to Lie Says She’s Willing To Take Polygraph: See What Happens

Joey accused his ex-wife, Sandra, with whom he was engaged in a bitter custody battle, of coaching their 7- and 9-year-old daughters to make up “outlandish lies” and say that he sexually molested them. Sandra has steadfastly denied coaching their daughters and says she only reported what she says the girls told her.

Both agreed to take a polygraph and drug test during their first appearance on Dr. Phil. Joey took both tests and passed. Sandra didn’t complete either.

WATCH: What Caused Sandra To Walk Off Stage?

Sandra, who insists she is ready for the “the actual truth to be out,” is offered a second chance to take her polygraph.

Dr. Phil explains, “She said she was coming back this time, and here was [Sandra’s] quote, ‘No more [expletive.] No more lies. I want the truth to come out. I will not take a drug test because it’s nobody’s business, and I shouldn’t have to take a drug test; I’ve passed them time and time again, with CPS, the police. I’m not going to do that. But I want to take the polygraph to set the record straight.’”

Watch the video above to learn what happened when it was time for Sandra’s polygraph. And, on Tuesday’s episode, hear why Dr. Phil suggests to Sandra, “You’re more interested in your image instead of your children’s future.” Check here to see where you can watch.

Dr. Phil’s Cautionary Words To Woman In Custody Battle: ‘You’re More Interested In Your Image Instead Of Your Children’s Future’

Sandra, who was engaged in a bitter custody battle with her ex-husband, Joey, had been accused of coaching her daughters to lie about their father allegedly being sexually inappropriate with them. Joey, and Sandra’s neighbor Linda, have also accused Sandra of not properly caring for her 7- and 9-year-old daughters.

Sandra vehemently denies the accusations and says she’s a good mother. She even agreed to take a polygraph test to demonstrate that she was not coaching the girls. But after two attempts to take a polygraph and no test taken, Dr. Phil questions if Sandra is really being sincere in her efforts.

“I don’t think you’re taking this seriously. I don’t think you’ve been forthcoming with me out here. I think there are some things that you’re spinning to your best interest, and I don’t think you have your children’s best interest at heart,” Dr. Phil tells Sandra. “I think you’re more interested in your image instead of your children’s future.”

Dr. Phil points out that Sandra has been offered professional help and has failed to take it, and she has not taken any parenting courses as instructed by the court.

“Are you doing the things necessary to change your position, to change your coping skills, to change your parenting skills, to change your level of mental and emotional adjustment?” Dr. Phil asks. “The bottom line is no, no and no … And talk is cheap and actions speak much louder than words.”
 
In the video above, Dr. Phil warns Sandra that her children might suffer if she refuses to take a hard look at herself, and that makes him concerned for their safety.

This episode of Dr. Phil airs Tuesday. Check here to see where you can watch.