Dad: Girl, 13, accused in crime spree was never abused

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Bonnie And Clyde’ Teenager’s Mom Arrested.

CLARKSON, Ky. (AP) — The father of a 13-year-old girl who police say went on a crime spree with her boyfriend said Tuesday that claims that she was abused at home are “completely bogus.” The abuse allegations were brought to light after a jailhouse interview with Cheyenne Phillips’ boyfriend, 18-year-old Dalton Hayes. Two teenage runaways described as a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde after eluding police in several southern American states during an alleged two-week crime spree have been captured. Hayes told The News Herald of Panama City (http://bit.ly/1CKBaWL) that they just wanted to escape Phillips’ family, who were beating her, and planned to make it to Miami. For Dalton Hayes, 18, and his 13-year-old girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, the end came not in a fatal ambush by police, but when they were found asleep in a stolen pick-up truck in a Florida seaside town.

She is facing a custodial interference charge and is being held on $50,000 bail. (Photo : Grayson County Detention Center) The mother of Cheyenne Phillips, one of the Kentucky teens accused of a multi-state crime spree over the course of two weeks, has been arrested, USA Today reported on Tuesday. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were the infamous Depression-era outlaw sweethearts and gang leaders who were shot dead by police in 1934 after a two-year trail of robberies and murder.

Hayes and Phillips are accused of nothing as serious, but police said they had been alarmed by their “increasingly brazen and dangerous” behaviour. When they set off on their crime spree, Hayes was already running away from trouble as he was due to face a court hearing for burglary and theft charges following an arrest late last year. Hayes’s mother, Tammy Martin, said her son sent her a text a few days after their disappearance to say the couple were in Mississippi, which would add at least a fifth state to their travels.

She said that Cheyenne had portrayed herself as 19 and her son and his family believed her. “She would go in and write cheques, and she would come out with cigarettes and stuff, so I didn’t have any reason not to believe she wasn’t 19,” Mrs Martin said. She was wearing the same pink and brown boots in pictures posted online. “I questioned it and kept looking at the picture, but it kind of made sense,” Steve Colford said. “If I was teenager on the run, I’d come to Panama City Beach.” Martin said the couple had been dating for about three months.

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