After more than a month of doing television interviews with national and local media almost daily in the wake of Hailey's disappearance, Dunn has kept a low profile since hiring attorney John Young in March.
During the first part of today's interview, Dunn told KRBC anchor Brittany Pelletz that she has not been in communication with investigators, and is trying to obtain an advocate to get her questions answered.
"There was a chilling effect (on our desire to cooperate) when this case became about 'who done it' rather than finding Hailey," Young said.
Part 1: Live Interview with Billie Dunn
Part 2: Live Interview with Billie Dunn
Dunn said that her run-ins with the law puts "a little bit of a barrier" between her and law enforcement, impacting her relationship with those investigating her daughter's disappearance.
"I'm out of my mind; I'm living in a nightmare," Dunn said when asked if her circumstances contributed to her poor decisions. Young explained that the charges against Dunn have kept her from being able to return to her job as a hospital employee.
Critics have questioned why Dunn has not participated in local searches for Hailey. Dunn said she'd rather spread the word about Hailey's disappearance through fliers and communication than look for physical evidence.
"I'm just not going to look in the fields for my daughter," she said, explaining that she'd rather hold out hope that Hailey is alive. "I feel selfish hoping that she's alive and going to come home, because I worry about what (she is) going through."
In the second part of the interview, Dunn directly addressed her relationship with the only named suspect in the case. Shawn Adkins is Dunn's former live-in boyfriend and the last person to see Hailey before she disappeared.
"I still love Shawn. I can't help who I'm in love with," said Dunn. "Hopefully, I want all four of us to be back home again and be a family."
Dunn went on to say she understands why law enforcement who zero in on Shawn -- since he was the last person to see her. However, she says she wants to believe Shawn's side of the story.
When asked by Pelletz whether someone knows more information about Hailey's whereabouts, Dunn confidently and quickly answered.
"Yeah, somebody has got to," said Dunn. "Someone knows where she is."