Dr Phil: Did Heather Know Her Son Was Drinking?
Heather and Brian faced off on Dr Phil about whether she is responsible for the death of their son, who consumed alcohol and prescription drugs the night before he passed away. Dr Phil asked her if she knew that her son was drinking beer that night.
She said no, which seems like a lie. If there were one or two cases of beer, according to other witnesses, Dr Phil wondered how she did not notice empty cans or bottles piling up. According to Heather, teens lie to do what they want to do.
Brian said there is a photograph from that night with beer cans lined up on the kitchen counter, the same counter she presumably had to walk by to pour her son’s vodka down the sink, and also to get to the car to take Travis home.
Dr Phil: Teens Snorting Morphine
Brian also had a statement that Heather gave to the police, in which she admitted that she knew her son was drinking and snorting Morphine. He read a quotation from a police report, in which she admitted finding spilled beer and ground morphine.
Heather now denies that she ever said that. Brian and Heather continued to bicker, and Dr Phil finally interjected before I got too exhausted with their back-and-forth.
Dr Phil agreed that there are statements she signed among the police reports. He also said that she has changed her story during her time talking with Dr Phil producers compared to what she told police at the time.
Dr Phil: Heather’s Brain Injury
Heather continued to fall back on her brain injury as an excuse, deflecting the blame back to Brian for putting their son in her care. She also said that she had been given Ativan at the hospital after Brandon’s death, before she supposedly gave this statement to the police.
Finally, she got tired of arguing with Brian and turned to Dr Phil, who had plenty of questions for her. The audience openly laughed at Heather, because she can’t help herself from being baited by Brian.
Dr Phil: Heather’s Erratic Behavior
Dr Phil wondered why Heather wanted to be on the show. She said that she wanted her life to move forward from this tragedy. She claimed her behavior is sincere, but her friend Bernice, who was in the audience, had a different shade to this sad tale.
Bernice told Dr Phil’s producers that she demanded first class flights to LA for the taping, went off on the staff at the airline and hotel, had delusions of becoming a star, threw a temper tantrum, and demanded that the show pay for her pedicure.
Dr Phil: Heather OD On Pills & Near Death Experience
Bernice said she has been Heather’s friend for 25 years, and though she came to support her friend, she has been embarrassed every step of the way. Bernice told Dr Phil that Heather took 39 narcotics in a timespan of 20 hours.
“She was so bad at the mall, she was falling over. My son was trying to hold onto her, my 11-year-old son,” Bernice said. “You were so bad, Heather. You were so incoherent, you had no idea what was going on.”
Heather later fell into Bernice’s son’s lap in the taxi. The driver pulled over, because everyone in the car thought Heather had died! That is so upsetting. “I wish I had died,” Heather said.
Dr Phil: Heather Taxi Seizure
Bernice said Heather does not remember that she was unresponsive for three minutes, as she pounded on her friend’s chest, slapped her to try to get her conscious. Her eyes rolled into the back of her head, she had a seizure, and her mouth fell open.
The taxi driver took Heather to the hospital, where the medical team carried her lifeless body from the car. When she came to, Heather claimed she was tired and blamed Bernice for making her go to the mall.
Dr Phil: Counting Pills
Dr Phil said that Bernice counted Heather’s pills before and after they left to travel to the show. Heather continued blurting things out, screaming, and insisting that everything Bernice said was a lie.
“They’re not laughing because it’s funny. They’re laughing because it is ridiculous,” Dr Phil said when Heather complained about the audience’s giggling. This elicited a round of applause. Dr Phil also said that Bernice obviously cares about her.