What's Next for the 'Bonnie and Clyde' Teens

First up: an 8:30am court appearance for Dalton Hayes today
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2015 7:06 AM CST
In this December 2014 file photo provided by Tammy Martin, her son Dalton Hayes poses with his girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, at his family's home in Leitchfield, Ky.   (AP Photo/Tammy Martin, FILE)
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(Newser) – What's next for Dalton Hayes and Cheyenne Phillips, the modern-day "Bonnie and Clyde" apprehended while snoozing at 12:10am yesterday in a stolen Toyota Tundra in a Panama City Beach, Fla., parking lot? Hayes has an initial court appearance in Florida at 8:30am today via video hookup. He's being held on a charge of custodial interference. By week's end, both he and Cheyenne, 13, should be extradited back to Kentucky, which is apparently what the 18-year-old wants. "I spoke to Dalton and he was very scared, and he wanted to come home," Norman Chaffins, the sheriff of Grayson County, Ky., where the teens live, tells the AP. "He wanted me to come bring him home." He says the teens were getting by on some cash found in a truck stolen in Georgia.

In Kentucky, the two teens will face the same charges, including burglary, theft, criminal trespassing, and criminal mischief. ABC News notes South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia could also potentially file charges; a South Carolina police chief says they haven't yet decided whether to pursue "minor" forgery charges related to a pair of alleged forged checks. Cheyenne will face any charges in juvenile court. A rep for Florida's Department of Children & Families says Cheyenne is not in the state's custody: "The juvenile has been taken to a safe location until arrangements with the family are made." As for Cheyenne's age, Hayes' mother said the girl believably portrayed herself as being 19: Cheyenne "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." By the time her son realized she was a mere 13, "he was already done in love with her."

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