Dad: Girl, 13, Accused in Crime Spree Was Never Abused

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

Dalton Hayes wears shackles at the Bay County Jail, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Panama City, Fla. 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.The “Bonnie and Clyde” teens accused in a two-week, multistate crime spree of stolen cars and forged checks were just trying to get away from the girl’s abusive family, her boyfriend said.

Sherry Peters, Phillips’s mother, was arrested Monday, accused of taking the teen from her father’s house when she did not have the custodial rights to do so, according to an arrest warrant provided by Grayson County Detention Center Chief Deputy Bo Thorpe. Hayes, an 18-year-old suspected of committing a string of crimes with his 13-year-old girlfriend, agreed during a court hearing to return to his home state of Kentucky to face charges. (AP Photo/News Herald, Andrew Wardlow) 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. Dalton Hayes, 18, and Cheyenne Philips, 13, fled their Kentucky homes earlier this month and lived on the lam until Sunday, when they were arrested in Florida. 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. 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. Cheyenne Phillips was taken to a safe house, where arrangements will be made for her return home. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. 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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