Wednesday, March 6, 10 p.m. ET/PT
Recipe For Trouble? Debbie Jeffries tried everything to help her eight-year-old son Jeff, who was diagnosed with a long list of behavioral disorders, including Attention Deficit Disorder and Intermittent Explosive Disorder. She tried an equally long list of powerful prescription drugs. But nothing worked: Jeff often demonstrated violent behavior, often threatening those around him. Debbie was going to have to give him up to the care of the state. Then a doctor recommended giving him medical marijuana, in a muffin. In California, medical marijuana is used to treat pain from ailments like AIDS and cancer. She tried it for Jeff. It worked; her son became happy and well-behaved. But when Child Protective Services found out, they accused her of being an unfit mother and putting her son at risk. Authorities may try to take her son away. Debbie says that without marijuana, her son is uncontrollable, and she won't be able to keep him. Will Debbie's effort to keep her son lead to her losing her son?
Not With My Daughter: When retired Wichita, KS Police Officer Lori Palmer discovered that her long-time friend Scott Phillips might be a child molester, she did what every good citizen might do - she reported him to the police. But when she felt they weren't going to act fast enough, she decided to take matters into her own hands. That's because the child Phillips had molested was Lori's own daughter. She picked up Phillips in her car, drove him to a field just outside of town and forced him to confess. Phillips was arrested, but so was Lori Palmer, charged with felony kidnapping with intent to commit first-degree murder. Who should go to jail? The molester, or a mother looking for justice?
Who Decides? When Michael Ryan was born 15 weeks premature and possibly suffering multiple birth defects, his parents, Dr. Greg and Traci Messenger, asked doctors not to use extraordinary efforts to save him. But the hospital put the child on life support, later arguing the boy had a good chance to survive and live a normal life. Dr. Messenger and his wife felt differently: they removed their child from the respirator and Michael Ryan died in his parent’s arms. Dr. Messenger was charged with manslaughter. Will he be convicted? Is what he did wrong, or was the hospital wrong for not following the parents’ wishes?
Zero Tolerance: High school senior Jenna Stricoff was an Honor student. Her father was diagnosed with esophagal cancer. His dream was to see his daughter graduate. Determined to make that a reality, Jenna accelerated her course load so she would graduate early. But one morning, she drank vodka with friends and went to school under the influence. She was caught, and under the school's "zero tolerance" policy, she must serve a mandatory one-year suspension. But if Jenna is out a year, her father won't live to see her graduate. So what does the school do?