Zip Code:
Provider Type:
          PLAYING ‘I’ve Been Under Bridges Searching For My Daughter,’ Says Mom Of Chronic Runaway

          ‘I’ve Been Under Bridges Searching For My Daughter,’ Says Mom Of Chronic Runaway


          October 19, 2017

          Ex-spouses Mark and Melissa claim their 17-year-old daughter, Malia, is a chronic runaway who started leaving home four years ago.

          TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Have a Volatile Teen, Parent or Sibling?

          “It started out we wouldn’t hear from her for a couple of days and then the times got longer and longer and longer,” says Melissa.

          “Every time that she was brought back, she immediately picked up and ran again,” says Mark. “We have dropped everything to go get Malia, whether it’s been in an abandoned car, whether it’s been two states away.”

          “I’ve been under bridges searching for my daughter,” says Melissa.

          She says in the beginning, Malia’s habitual running “broke” her. “But as time goes on, and it’s a repeated behavior I could no longer be so emotionally invested because I had two other children that I need to be a really good mom to.”

          Malia’s parents claim she started using street drugs around age 12. At 15, they say she became involved with a 35-year-old man who was recently arrested and charged with contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, among other alleged crimes. The man, who Malia claims she is in love with, has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is currently awaiting trial.

          On Friday's episode, Dr. Phil tells the former couple, “When I start looking for solutions, I start looking for causes. Because if there’s a cause and effect I need to know what the cause is to understand the effect.”

          What factors do Mark and Melissa say they believe contributed to Malia’s risky behaviors?

          Check here to find out where you can tune into Friday's Dr. Phil. 

          TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Explosive family drama?

          ‘We Both Probably Made Some Stupid Decisions,’ Says Teen Of The Day Her 35-Year-Old Boyfriend Allegedly Shot A Man

          Phil in the Blanks – The Podcast

          Tell Us Your Story

          Be on the Show! Text “PHIL” to 88500

          Want to Be on the New Show “Face the Truth”?

          Want to be on “Face the Truth”, a new show by Stage 29 Productions (producer of “The Doctors”), hosted by Vivica A. Fox?

          Be on the Show

          Explosive Family Drama?

          Does everyone in your family have strong personalities and refuse to back down?

          Be on the Show

          Need Dr. Phil’s Help?

          Share your story for a chance to be on the show!

          Help & Resources

          Find Treatment Centers and Therapists!

          Check out the mental health treatment programs that have assisted Dr. Phil guests.

          Feeding America

          Learn how you can help feed a family struggling with hunger during the holidays.

          Be on the Show

          Have a Story Dr. Phil Won’t Believe?

          Want to appear on Dr. Phil? Text PHIL to 88500

          Simple Share Buttons
          Simple Share Buttons