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Dad: Girl, 13, accused in crime spree was never abused

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CLARKSON, Ky. (AP) -- The father of a 13-year-old girl who police say went on a crime spree with her boyfriend says claims that she was abused at home are "completely bogus."

Shawn Phillips said Tuesday that anyone who knows his family knows that they did not abuse his daughter Cheyenne.

The abuse allegations were brought to light after a jailhouse interview with Cheyenne Phillips' boyfriend, 18-year-old Dalton Hayes. Hayes says the two ran away from their Kentucky home to escape her abusive family.

Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins told The Associated Press that he was unaware of any previous accusations of abuse.

The pair's travels took them to South Carolina and Georgia and included a night in a frigid barn. The pair were arrested late Saturday in Panama City Beach after authorities found them sleeping in a stolen vehicle.

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