The mother who reappeared this month after mysteriously disappearing for eleven years, abandoning her two children with their father, is breaking her silence and trying to explain
why she left her family.
"I had my own problems believing what I was doing but I just kept saying to myself they're [her family] better off without me," said Brenda Heist to television host Dr. Phil McGraw.
Heist, who was going through an amicable divorce with her husband at the time, dropped her children off at school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and then hitchhiked with a group of homeless down to Florida.
She never contacted her family again, leading them to believe she was dead.
"I've never even been around homeless people. Maybe seen them on the street sometimes but I've never been around homeless people at all. Never knew anything about it," said Heist.
Less than a month ago, she walked into a police station in Key Largo, Fla., saying she had abandoned her children on the spur of the moment, leaving behind her old life in central Pennsylvania to become a vagrant.
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Heist's children, Morgan and Lee Heist, expressed their shock in an interview with CBSNews.com.
Morgan, now a 19-year-old freshman at Montgomery County Community College, said, "She was my best friend, her and I were so close, I never thought she would do this to me and my brother."
Lee was less angry at his mother than his sister. "I don't really see how she has much of an excuse for it. I guess I can't believe she did that. I wouldn't say too angry, I would say more frustrated that that's the answer for it," he said.
Both children were unsure if there was a place in their lives for their mother today.
"As of right now, I don't see a place in my life for her. I don't think I would trust her, when I get married, when I have kids, I don't want a grandmother running away," said Morgan.