Kim tried to curb Alex's bad behavior by taking away her cell phone, tightening her curfew and forbidding her to use the computer, to no avail. "Alex went from loving me " I was the best mom in the world " to she hated me. I was the devil," she says.
One night, Kim noticed a light on in her garage. When she opened the door, a boy ran out. She and Alex got into a verbal argument that turned physical, and Kim called the authorities. "The police told me that they didn't believe in my parenting skills. The police also informed Alex that if I was to ever grab her, she could have me arrested," she recalls. "It kind of made me feel really small, like I had no control over my daughter any more."
"I had no clue. She just vanished," she replies. "It's like trying to find a needle in a haystack. It's impossible."
"What went into your decision to call us to look for her again?" Dr. Phil asks.
"Because I'm all alone, Dr. Phil," she replies. "I have nobody. I'm one person. I only have so much strength, and you've helped us before, and you did a great, fabulous job helping her the first time. You're my only hope."
Dr. Phil praises the work Kim put in at the The Dr. Phil House, and reminds her that he arranged for Alex to be placed in a therapeutic environment for eight months. "My staff tells me that you haven't been happy with anything we've done. Your sister-in-law says you've come to her and said, â€˜I want you to join me in a lawsuit to sue the Dr. Phil show for not helping us.' You've called our staff and said, â€˜Why have you turned your back on my daughter?' I don't know what else we can possibly do that we haven't done to help, and I'm still here helping!" he points out. "I'm curious what you're upset about. If we're going to work on this, we need to do it cooperatively. We don't want to be at odds with Alex in the mix. That's why I want to talk to you about this up front. All I can do is what I can do. I make no promises. I can't tell you what's going to happen with her."
Dr. Phil mentions that men in their 30s and 40s solicited Alex for sex. "Did you see any of that early on?" he asks Kim.
"I am happy for you to talk about this for every mother in America [to see] how fast they come out of the woodwork when a young girl gets on the Internet and gets on some of those sites," Dr. Phil says.
He shows a graphic of Alex's MySpace page, pointing out that Alex listed her mood as 'horny.' "It's almost like a porn site, so that's why they swarm that," he tells Kim.