Dr Phil: I Believe My Ex Murdered My Children
Dr Phil introduced his audience to a young boy named Darby, who looked a lot like his father, Tommy. His mother, Julia, had another daughter, Kiera, from a previous marriage. Now both of these children are dead, and four years later, Dr Phil is exploring some of this family’s unanswered questions.
Tommy said he was married to Julia for about three years. Kiera was two years old when Darby was born. Tommy’s mother called Julia “distant and neglectful” when it came to parenting. He said she was taking different medications, and his mother talked about her ex-daughter-in-law’s questionable ailments and tendencies toward self-harm.
“She was faking it for the attention, for pity, to get away from the kids and not have to do anything,” the mother-in-law said. Tommy said that when they broke up, Julia took the kids to Montana and took up with new boyfriend Codey.
Dr Phil: RIP Darby Hodges & Kiera Pulaski
On June 27 2010, Tommy got the call from his mother that his 19-month-old son, Darby Walter Hodges, had died. An autopsy found bruising, pulled hair, broken ribs, but no determined cause of death. Darby’s grandmother Cheryl suspected Julia almost immediately.
A few months later, Julia and Codey moved to Missouri with daughter Kiera. A few months later, Kiera Marie Pulaski would also be dead at the age of four. Tommy said the police report suggested it was an accidental death as the result of a head injury in a fall. But Tommy is not buying this explanation, citing unexplained injuries. “I absolutely believe that they were murdered by Julia and Codey,” Tommy said.
Cheryl said that she expected the parents to be arrested for abuse, neglect, or homicide. She told Dr Phil’s audience she wants justice and the truth. What happened to these children? Should Julia and Codey be in jail?
Dr Phil: Unexplained Bruising & Foul Play Accusations
It wasn’t long before the deaths made news headlines. Detectives consulted with the FBI regarding the suspicious circumstances and unexplained bruising. News reports pointed out the suspicious circumstances, timeline, and unexplained injuries.
Then, Tommy and Cheryl joined Dr Phil onstage to share their convictions that these children were murdered. Cheryl said that she has compiled proof of the couple’s guilt. In fact, the mother and son have a Facebook group targeting Julia and Codey’s guilt.
Cheryl insists that the autopsies prove foul play. Dr Phil wondered why there has yet to be an arrest, and she said the medical examiners feel there needs to be more evidence to reach a definitive conclusion. Some of the comments these two have made on their Facebook page are alarming and personal.
Dr Phil: Woman’s Mystery Illness & Prescription Addiction
Tommy said that his ex-wife quickly lost interest in parenting, eventually spending days in bed before going out at night with her friends as soon as he got home from work. He also told Dr Phil she was addicted to prescription medication, and that she was selling her body on Craigslist.
He was upset to find evidence and correspondence about her behavior, and this confrontation eventually led to the end of their relationship. During that incident, Julia said Tommy killed the dog in a rage. He denied this accusation.
Though Julia claimed to have Lupus, he said he did not know for sure. She also claimed to have a Stomach Tumor that miraculously disappeared. Even when they were together, Darby had multiple accidents that made Tommy suspicious.