Dad of girl, 13, accused in crime spree says he’s not angry at her 18-year-old …

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Dad of girl, 13, accused in crime spree says he’s not angry at her 18-year-old boyfriend.

CLARKSON, Ky. 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.

— The father of a 13-year-old girl who police say went on a multi-state crime spree with her older boyfriend said Tuesday that he is not angry with the 18-year-old. 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. 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. He just wanted to help Phillips’ escape from her physically abusive family, he said. “All I had to do was tell her to go home and none of this would’ve happened, but it’s hard to tell someone getting beat on to go home,” Hayes said. “But, if I could go back, I’d be paying for bus rides instead of stealing trucks.” Phillips’ mom, Sherry Peters, was arrested in Kentucky Monday for custodial charges — not child abuse. 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. He said he and his grandparents have raised her since she was 3 on their farm near Clarkson, where he said Cheyenne had everything she could ever want. 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.

The abuse allegations are “something we’ll talk about when they get back to Kentucky,” Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins told The Associated Press. 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. Sherry Phillips does not have custody or visitation rights with her daughter, and police arrested her on Monday on a charge of custodial interference.

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