Mom of teen girl suspected in crime spree arrested

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Crime Spree Teen Says Abusive Family Was Motive For Running.

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. The mother of one of the two teenage sweethearts from Kentucky who are suspected in a multistate crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks has been arrested.MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – The Kentucky teenager accused of crimes across the South said that he and his 13-year-old girlfriend were trying to get away from her abusive family.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. “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.” The abuse allegations are “something we’ll talk about when they get back to Kentucky,” Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins told The Associated Press.

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. 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 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.

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