Mother of missing Grayson County 13-year-old says teens asked for money
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- She's 13, he's 18 and together they're on the run. The search for two missing Grayson County, Ky. teens is now focused in Georgia.
On Wednesday, the girl's mother said she wishes she had done one thing differently to bring the couple home.
Sherry Peters said she heard from her daughter, Cheyenne Phillips, on Jan. 5 -- one day after she had been reported missing.
"I'm sorry," she said, breaking down. "It's just hard. It's just hard. It's very hard, the simple fact my daughter is in this world."
The 13-year-old girl and her 18-year-old boyfriend, Dalton Hayes, asked for $100 in a text message.
"She said, 'We're just going to run'," Peters said. "I said, 'No, you don't need to do this,' because Dalton was supposed to be in court that Monday morning."
Court records show Dalton Hayes has outstanding burglary and theft charges, though the grand jury never called his case and the couple was already on the run.
Peters called authorities instead of giving her daughter the money, but the couple escaped and hasn't talked to family since.
"I wish I hadn't listened to the authorities about the situation because I could have went down there and had my daughter in the car and the cops could have had them," she said.
Both of Cheyenne's parents say the teen is notorious for lying, and may have told Hayes she was 19 when the relationship began. There are also concerns of a pregnancy.
Deputies have connected the Grayson County teens to several burglaries and stolen vehicles. Monday, surveillance video placed them in a red Toyota Tacoma in Manning South Carolina, where they're accused of writing a bad check at Walmart.
Thursday officers said they ditched the Tacoma truck in Henry County Georgia about 30 miles outside Atlanta. Officers said the couple may now be traveling in a stolen 2001 silver Toyota Tundra bearing a Georgia certified firefighter license plate number of CF116I. Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins said, There were two stolen guns in the Tundra. I'd consider them armed.” Chaffins has described the teens as brazen and dangerous. "The longer they're gone the worse the situation can become and we don't want it to get any worse than it is," said Chaffins
"I'm just afraid that he's going to wind up getting her hurt and she's not going to return," Peters said.
Peters lost custody and has been estranged from her daughter for 10 years. They reunited before Christmas and she's hoping Phillips will listen now.
"Just please come home, come home," she said "We can work through whatever it is."
Anyone with information on the teens whereabouts is asked to contact the Grayson County Sheriff's Office at (270) 259-3024.
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