Mom of Ky. teen suspected in crime spree arrested

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

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.

— The mother of one teen accused in a multi-state crime spree was arrested in Kentucky, a day after her daughter and the child’s boyfriend were taken into custody in Florida. 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.

Sherry Peters is accused of taking her 13-year-old daughter, Cheyenne Phillips, from the house of Cheyenne’s great-grandparents Jan. 3 when she did not have the authority to do so, according to an arrest warrant provided by Chief Deputy Bo Thorpe of Grayson County Detention Center. Hayes and Phillips are accused of nothing as serious, but police said they had been alarmed by their “increasingly brazen and dangerous” behaviour. Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins said his department served Peters the warrant Monday after Cheyenne’s father, Shawn Phillips, filed a complaint with the county court. A county court official said she’s scheduled for a hearing Thursday morning. “We’re going to do our best … to help her through the troubles that she has probably has gotten into out there and get her back to her 13-year-old normal-age life,” she said then.

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. The pair were arrested a little after midnight Sunday in Panama City Beach, Fla., sleeping in front of an International House of Pancakes restaurant in the third pickup that police say they took. They are expected to return to Leitchfield, city of almost 7,000 residents about 60 miles southwest of Louisville, Ky., later this week to face charges.

Hayes, who was sent to an all-boys group home as a juvenile after getting into earlier trouble, waived his extradition rights Monday in a Bay County, Fla., courtroom. 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. Cheyenne has been taken to what a Florida Department of Children & Families spokeswoman called a safe location until arrangements are made with her family. 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. Peters was not supposed to contact her children, said Glendon Hart, who along with his wife, Loraine Hart, has raised Cheyenne and her two older brothers since Peters lost custody of her children when Cheyenne was 3.

But Glendon Hart said Cheyenne left their house on a Saturday night to go out with someone she called a friend, instead hopping into a car with her mother and not returning by her 10 p.m. curfew.

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