Kim and her ex-husband, Ryan, say they are terrified of their 7-year-old son, Rylan, who they say has a fascination with knives, talks to an imaginary friend named “Bleeder” — who tells him to kill his entire family — and has even sent two teachers to the hospital. What might be causing Rylan’s aggressive behavior?
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Exes Kim and Ryan are co-parenting their four children and say they’re at their wits’ end with their 7-year-old son, Rylan, whom they adopted as an infant. They say they have struggled with Rylan’s aggressive behavior for most of his young life, and after multiple hospitalizations and a long list of medications, nothing seems to help. “Rylan has routinely threatened to kill and harm himself,” Kim says, adding that he has also threatened violence toward his family. “My biggest fear is that we’re raising a school shooter, a mass murderer, a serial killer.”
Ryan echoes Kim’s concerns. “I do worry about Rylan killing someone,” he says. “I feel like I’ve completely let Rylan down … I know that I can’t help him.” He adds, “We’ve run out of options.”
Rylan’s parents describe his behavior and their failed attempts to control the situation.
Dr. Phil analyzes video of Rylan’s interactions with his parents. “This kid is smart.”
“The power of language is very important.”
“The way you’re dealing with this is inflaming the situation, and that’s good news.”
Tune in to hear Dr. Phil’s advice and offer of help for these parents. How can they calm the chaos?