Police arrest mother of Kentucky teen suspected in multi-state crime spree

Dalton Hayes, 18, and Cheyenne Phillips, 13 (Courtesy: Grayson County Sheriff's Office in Kentucky)

LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (AP) – 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.

Sherry Peters is accused of taking her daughter, 13-year-old Cheyenne Phillips, from her father’s house when she did not have the custodial rights to do that, according to an arrest warrant provided by Grayson County Detention Center Chief Deputy Bo Thorpe. Peters was arrested Monday.

Cheyenne Phillips was found with her boyfriend, 18-year-old Dalton Hayes, on Saturday night in a stolen truck in Florida.

Thorpe says Peters has declined media interview requests and is scheduled to meet with an attorney Thursday. A county court official says she’s scheduled for a hearing Thursday morning.

Hayes is in jail awaiting extradition to Kentucky. Cheyenne Phillips was taken to a safe house, where arrangements will be made for her return home.

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