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"Bring Back My Child"

It's a parent's worst nightmare: a child being kidnapped. But are you prepared for the possibility that your spouse or ex could flee with your kid? Dr. Phil's guests describe the agony of searching for their children who were abducted by their exes.

A Desperate Search




Christine recounts the last day she saw her 10-year-old son, Greg. "The way Greg was acting, I knew there was something not right. I think in his gut feeling he knew he wasn't going to see me again. He picked up my picture. He put it in his backpack, and he said, ‘This is for me. In case I really miss you, I'll look at it and I'll remember you.' Then he went back inside and grabbed a cross that I had bought him. He put it around his neck and he said, ‘This is so when I'm afraid, I'll hold on to it tight and I'll feel secure and I'll remember you,' and then he said, ‘Now, I'm ready,'" Christine says. Wiping away tears, she continues, "His father came, and he went outside. He came back for another hug. He came back for another hug. He said, ‘I'm going to miss you, Mommy, so much.' I said, ‘You have fun. I'm going to miss you, too. I'll call you every day, Honey. Just go have fun.'" She has not seen her son since this day, over three months ago.


Zanni was married to Christine's ex-husband's brother, George. Her sons, Alex, 12, and Zaven, 8, went missing at the same time as Greg. "There were a whole bunch of red flags that I should have recognized," Zanni acknowledges. "George sent me a text message saying, ‘You'll have to let the school know Alex won't be attending camp this summer.' He kept asking me for their passports, consistently. That was suspicious. He never bought clothes for the children before, and all of a sudden, he was getting all these clothes for them. Another thing, he was going on a cruise out of Florida. It was only four days before the cruise, and he hadn't bought plane tickets to get to Florida yet ... Looking back, clearly, you add all these things together, I should have known. It makes me so upset that I didn't recognize these signs."

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