Dr Phil: Sarah Maynard The Girl In the Leaves
Sarah Maynard was held captive two years ago when Matthew Hoffman killed her mother and brother. She was trapped in a basement full of leaves for four days with no food. She wanted to live, so she did what he told her to do. She was rescued and now lives in fear that someone else will attack her.
Sarah and her father Larry wrote a book, The Girl in The Leaves, which documents the ordeal. Dr Phil said that writing the book was a good way to process her thoughts and feelings. He recommended that Sarah get back in counseling to help her further cope.
Katie Beers, who was also kidnapped at a young age, told Sarah that it will get easier with time. She encouraged Sarah to find a support system and a therapist to talk to.
Dr Phil: University Of Florida Surprise For Sarah
Larry gave Dr Phil a baseball that they handed out at his son’s funeral. Kody was stabbed 10 times and decapitated. They found his body and his mother’s hanging in a tree. The baseball had Kody’s name and dates of life. Dr Phil promised that it would have a place of honor in his office.
Dr Phil had a surprise for Sarah. She dreams of going to the University of Florida and studying medicine. She hopes to play softball there. The head of the alumni club at the University of Florida came to give Sarah a gift pack. She got a Florida Gators windbreaker and a certificate making her an honorary Gator for her bravery. The alumni in Ohio are raising scholarship money for Sarah. She is also invited to the campus in the fall to be a Gator for a day and attend a football game. She’s going to get to participate in the mentor program to give her a head start.
Dr Phil’s Final Comments
Dr Phil urged parents to believe in their children. If your kids say something is up or someone is hurting them it’s worth looking into. He said he would rather look into a thousand cases where nothing happened that not look into the one where something was really wrong.