The two young sisters abducted from their Tennessee home were found alive two weeks after they were kidnapped. Their kidnapper had already killed their mother and sister. 12-year-old Alexandria and 8-year-old Kyliyah Bain went home alive, but very tired, scared and itchy from poison ivy. They told the officers who found them that they had not had food or water for three days.
The kidnapper, Mayes claimed to be the girls’ father. He had previously been close to the family. Authorities said Mayes killed Jo Ann Bain and 14-year-old Adrienne on April 27 in their home in Whiteville, Tenn.
Mayes’ wife, Teresa Mayes, is charged with murder in the killings. She told investigators she saw her husband kill the mother and oldest girl, then drove him, the younger children and the bodies to Mississippi. Mayes’ wife, Teresa, also told authorities he killed the mother and older child so he could abduct the other two children. His mother, Mary Mayes, also is charged in the kidnapping but maintains she is not guilty.
Adam Mayes was hiding out with the girls in the woods only a few miles from his home in Mississippi. An officer combing through the area spotted Alexandria Bain face down on the ground about 100 yards behind a church. They also saw the younger girl and Mayes on the ground. Officers yelled for Mayes to show his hands, but he pulled a gun from his waistband and shot himself in the head.
The girls were released from a hospital and reunited with relatives in Tennessee. Family spokesman David Livingston said their father, Gary Bain, was thrilled to have them back, but “you can understand that he is extremely distraught over the loss of his wife and daughter.”
Adam Mayes was previously investigated after a relative claimed that he had child pornography and that she saw him nude while he was shaving the legs of a nude 7-year-old girl, but Mayes was never charged.
Speaking Friday on NBC’s “Today” show, Tate said her daughter would have helped Adam Mayes only because he was a “control freak” who made his wife cut all ties with her family.
“I’m scared about what will happen to my daughter, that she will have to take the brunt of the punishment,” Tate said. “If she participated in any way, it was because she was too scared to stand up to Adam or she was brainwashed.
This is Domestic violence at its worst, in my opinion. Sounds like this creep kidnapped the girls because he was a pedophile and had his wife under his complete control to help him do it. She was likely in great fear, not knowing what he’d do to her if she didn’t help him. But if she is guilty for other reasons, then I hope she gets what she deserves. If she is a victim herself, along with his mother, then I pray God has mercy on them.