Ky. teen speaks out from jail after alleged crime spree, says he has regrets
One of the Kentucky teens suspected in a crime spree across the south is speaking out from jail. Dalton Hayes reveals new details about his 13-year-old girlfriend's alleged pregnancy, and why they went on the run.
Tuesday, January 20th 2015, 1:55 PM EST
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) -- One of the Kentucky teens suspected in a crime spree that spanned several states is speaking out from jail.
In an interview from the Bay County Jail with WMBB on Tuesday, Hayes claimed he thought 13-year-old Cheyenne Phillips was 18.
"I asked her how old she was and she said she was 18 for the longest time," Hayes said. "I kept asking her old she was. She kept telling me 18, almost 19."
One thing the teen is insistent on is when his relationship with Cheyenne started, he didn't know her real age.
"See, she told me she had a truck, had a license, all that good stuff. She said, 'I'm 18 I'm not lying to you.' I said, 'Alright.' She had a fake ID she'd show me, she had jobs she'd show me."
When Hayes discovered Phillips was only 13, the two went on the run, eluding authorities for the last two weeks before police caught up with them in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Hayes knew Phillips was pregnant, but she told him she lost the baby.
"We were fighting and arguing again," Hayes said. "And she said, 'By the way, I had a miscarriage, I just didn't know how to tell you.' And I said, 'All you had to do was just tell me something.'"
After his arrest in Florida, Hayes was charged with custodial interference of a minor and booked into the Bay County Jail on Sunday. In court Monday, the teen waived his right to an extradition hearing.
Hayes says he has regrets.
"I guess the question everybody wants to know is, was it all worth it? Nah. It was worth the last 14 days with her, but my time with her wasn't worth putting my niece and nephew behind."
Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins says the teens face charges, including burglary, theft, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief.
Cheyenne Phillips is now in a safe house and will face the charges in juvenile court. Cheyenne's mother, Sherry Peters, was arrested Jan. 19 and charged with custodial interference.
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