Transcript for Alabama Hostage Crisis: 'Dr. Phil' Interviews Ethan's Mom
stories. Now, we're going to get into that story about little ethan, the 5-year-old who was held hostage by a gunman underground in a bunker in alabama. What was really going on behind the scenes? This morning, his mom opening up for the very first time to abbie boudreau. And she has the story. Reporter: New details this morning about what really happened to young ethan. In an interview with dr. Phil, the mother describes the agony she endured. There were reports that ethan was crying for his mommy. How did you feel when you heard that? I felt like he may feel he had been abandoned by me. How did you feel when you heard he might be crying for you? I wanted to go to him. I wanted to be there. There's not one second of this whole thing that I wouldn't have begged that man to let me have ethan. I would have turned around and gave him to my family and i would have taken his place at any moment. Any second. Reporter: Dr. Phil spent time with little ethan in alabama, to see how the 6-year-old is coping with the trauma. I think by the time in his teens and when he's grown up, i think memories of this will have decayed an awful lot. Reporter: He saw two people shot and killed in front of him. How does he move forward? Well, the way you do that is, it's the best thing in the world you could do is talk about it. So, get him to draw pictures. You get them to play out scenes with puppets. So, they can play these scenes out. And you'll see the drama. Reporter: The dr. Phil show says it plans to follow up with ethan and his mother to provide support and resources. The show also says the dr. Phil foundation is making a financial contribution to help support ethan in the future. Right now, he doesn't have the confidence to venture out very far. He likes mom to be very, very close. She's a touchstone for him right now. And that's going to be very, very important for him. Reporter: A mother's bond, more important than ever. For "good morning america," angeles. Nice story, abbie. There's more coming up today on
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