Teen charged in South crime spree: Girlfriend’s abusive family was motive for …

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Crime Spree Teen Says Abusive Family Was Motive For Running.

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. In this January 2015 photo made from surveillance video and released by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, in Kentucky, 18-year-old Dalton Hayes and 13-year-old Cheyenne Phillips leave a South Carolina Wal-Mart. 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. The couple allegedly began their run from the law and their families earlier this month when they vanished from their small hometown in western Kentucky.

Marshal’s Service and local law enforcement in Panama City Beach discovered Hayes and Phillips asleep in a 2001 Toyota Tundra that was stolen in Georgia. The girl “would go in and write checks, and she would come out with cigarettes and stuff, so I didn’t have any reason not to believe she wasn’t 19,” Martin said. He faces burglary and theft charges in his home county, stemming from an arrest late last year, according to court records in Grayson County, Kentucky. — The relatives of six family members unaccounted for after a massive fire gutted a waterfront mansion believe they were inside at the time of the blaze, a fire official said today. At one point, the two were spotted at a Wal-Mart in South Carolina, where the teens are thought to have passed two stolen checks, said Manning, South Carolina, Police Chief Blair Shaffer.

Authorities believe they then headed to Georgia and stole a pickup truck from the driveway of a man’s home, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta. Davies said a search for the missing family members will begin when crews stabilize the structure and pump out tens of thousands of gallons of water from the basement — likely Wednesday. Federal investigators were traveling to the scene from across the country today to figure out what caused the fire, which gutted the 16,000-square-foot home with seven bedrooms and 7½ baths.

The flames took hours to put out after the fire began before dawn Monday on the outskirts of Annapolis. “We know who’s unaccounted for,” said Davies said. “If you look at the damage, you know, it would not be a stretch to think that if there were occupants that they did not survive the fire.” Online records of the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation list Don and Sandra Pyle as owners of the home, which the records say is their principal residence. Davies said because there was no fire hydrant in the area, firefighters shuttled water tankers to the site and stationed a fire boat at a pier near the property to bring in water. According to a 2008 story in The Baltimore Sun, the Pyles’ house, which was the site of a charity event, was described as looking like a castle, with mini-turrets, stonework and lion statues.

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