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Suspect's wife, mother charged in slaying of Tennessee mom, daughter


Jo Ann Bain and her daughters, Adrienne, 14, Alexandria, 12, and Kyliyah, 8, are believed to have been abducted by a family friend, Adam Mayes. Police believe the two younger girls are still with Mayes.

Police have arrested the wife and mother of Adam Mayes, the man suspected of killing a Tennessee woman and her oldest daughter and kidnapping the woman's two youngest daughters, authorities said Tuesday.

NBC station WMC-TV in Memphis reported that Adam Mayes' wife, Teresa Mayes, is charged with four counts of aggravated kidnapping and his mother, Mary Francis Mayes, is charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping. They were arraigned Tuesday morning, WMC reported.

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This undated photo provided by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety shows Adam Mayes.

In a police affidavit, Teresa Mayes admits that she was involved in taking the Bain family from Hardeman County by driving them to Union County, Miss., WMC said.

The affidavit also said that Mary Francis Mayes knew about the crimes.

Teresa Mayes' bond is set at $500,000; Mary Mayes, $300,000, WMC reported.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation referred to Teresa Mayes as Adam Mayes' ex-wife.

Teresa Mayes' sister, Bobbi Booth, earlier told WMC that Adam Mayes and his wife lived with his parents in Alpine, Miss. Booth said her sister told her she knew about the killings, but Booth thought Teresa Mayes may have been too scared to call the police. 

The bodies of Jo Ann Bain and 14-year-old Adrienne Bain were found behind a house in northern Mississippi late last week.

The FBI said it believed the other daughters — 12-year-old Alexandria and 8-year-old Kyliyah — were still with Mayes.

Word of the arrest came as the search for Mayes, 35, continued.

On April 27, Jo Ann Bain and her three daughters disappeared. Their car was found in a field not far from their Whiteville home. Her husband, Gary, reported them missing.

Earlier: FBI: Bodies identified as missing mother, daughter 

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