Authorities: Kidnapped girls didn't eat for days

5:20 PM, May 11, 2012   |    comments
Adam Mayes with Alexandria Bain, 12, and her sister Kyliyah, 8.
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(AP) Authorities say two girls abducted from their Tennessee home told officers who rescued them that they went three days without food or water.

Master Sgt. Steve Crawford is with the Mississippi Highway Patrol and was among the officers who found the girls. He said Friday during a news conference that the girls were alarmed when authorities found them, but that they did not cry.

Officials at the news conference also said that the man accused of kidnapping the girls, Adam Mayes, did not say anything before fatally shooting himself.

Crawford says officers were combing the woods behind a church when Mayes, 12-year-old Alexandria Bain and 8-year-old Kyliyah Bain were spotted face down on the ground.

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Police records obtained by WMC in Memphis show that the man who kidnapped a pair of Tennessee sisters was investigated in 2010 for sexual abuse.

Adam Mayes shot himself Thursday night after being on the run with Alexandria Bain, 12, and her sister Kyliyah, 8, for nearly two weeks. The girls' mother, Jo Ann, and older sister, Adrienne, were found dead in the backyard of Mayes' home.

According to that police report, Mayes was babysitting a 7-year-old girl when a family member walked in on them in the bathroom. The report said Mayes and the young girl were naked and he was shaving her legs.

Mayes was investigated, but never charged.  He claimed at the time that his sister made the allegations because she was mad at him for kicking her out of their house.

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(WMC, Memphis) Three more people are under arrest in connection to the kidnappings of Jo Ann Bain and her three daughters.

CNN reports that a law enforcement source said they were arrested for making a false statement and the illegal possession of a firearm.

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Adam Mayes, the accused kidnapper of Jo Ann Bain and her three daughters, shot himself in the head Thursday night as he was approached by Mississippi Wildlife Resource Officers near a church in Alpine, Mississippi.

Alexandria Bain, 12, and her sister, Kyliyah, 8, were found with Mayes and are now safe. Both girls have been released from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and are back home in Hardeman County.

Officials told Action News 5 they were treated for poison ivy and dehydration after being taken to the hospital for evaluation after their rescue Thursday night.

District Attorney General Mike Dunavant tells Action News 5 that even though their primary suspect is dead, they plan to move forward with prosecution in the case.

"We still intend to move forward with the evidence we have," Dunavant said over the phone. "In addition to anyone else who is found to have participated in these homicides and this kidnapping. We'll move forward with that evidence and we want to thank and commend the good work of all of these agencies."

Dunavant said the girls will be key witnesses in the case.

"Our focus is that they receive specialized care and treatment they need at this time," he told WMC-TV. "Later on, they will be considered material witnesses in this case, they are victims and will be treated with ultimate care, dignity and respect."

Adam Mayes' wife, Teresa, is charged with first degree murder and kidnapping for her role in the crimes.

Teresa's sister, Bobbi Booth, spoke with Action News 5 on the phone after Mayes died.

"It's frustrating that Adam took the simple way out," said Booth. She has not spoken to her sister since the arrest.

Booth said that her sister graduated with a special education degree and was easily manipulated by Mayes. She agrees that her sister should be punished for her role in the kidnapping, but hopes the courts consider the entire scenario.

Mayes' mother, Mary Frances, is also charged in connection to the kidnapping.

The girls were found with Mayes just miles from the home where their mother and sister's bodies were found.

Officers say they checked the area around the church previously, which leads them to believe Mayes had been on the run since he and the family went missing two weeks ago.

Mayes was added to the FBI's Most Wanted list Wednesday for the murder of Jo Ann Bain, and her 14-year-old daughter, Adrienne. The website changed his status to deceased shortly after he was captured.

Bain and her three daughters went missing on April 27 from their Hardeman County home. On Saturday, May 5, an AMBER Alert was issued for the three girls.

Three days after the family disappeared, Mayes was captured on a Guntown, MS, store surveillance camera. That was the last time Mayes was seen until his capture.

On May 5, police informed media they found two bodies in the backyard of Mayes' Alpine home. The bodies were later confirmed to be those of Jo Ann and Adrienne Bain.

Teresa Mayes was arrested and is charged with two counts of 1st degree murder and two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping.

His mother, Mary Frances, is charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping.

In interviews with detectives, Teresa Mayes revealed that her husband killed Jo Ann and Adrienne Bain as part of a plan to kidnap the younger girls. She told investigators that she saw Mayes kill Jo Ann in a garage near their home.

Rumors are circulating about why Mayes would kidnap the two young girls. The FBI has yet to release a motive for the crimes

Update 9:37 a.m.

GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) -- A law enforcement official says a man wanted for killing a Tennessee mother and daughter had been holed up in a wooden structure in the woods with her two younger daughters whom authorities say he had kidnapped.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information about suspect Adam Mayes.

The 35-year-old Mayes shot himself to death in Guntown, Miss., as officers closed in Thursday night, but the two girls were rescued without injuries and released from a hospital in Memphis, Tenn., Friday.

The rescue of 12-year-old sisters Alexandria Bain and 8-year-old Kyliyah Bain ended a nearly two-week search that began when Jo Ann Bain and her three daughters disappeared from their home April 27.

By ADRIAN SAINZ / Associated Press

GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi authorities say a fugitive accused of a double-slaying and kidnapping has been killed but the two girls he fled with are safe.

Guntown Police Chief Michael Hall says 35-year-old Adam Mayes was killed Thursday evening. He says 12-year-old Alexandria Bain and 8-year-old Kyliyah Bain are safe.

Hall says Mayes died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The chief says a SWAT team located Mayes and when they moved in to apprehend him, he shot himself.

He says the girls are being taken to a hospital for observation. It was not immediately clear if the girls were with Mayes.

Mayes' wife told investigators her husband killed Jo Ann and Adrienne Bain on April 27 at their home in Whiteville, Tenn., so he could abduct the two young sisters.


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