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Mother Devastated After Fugitive Children’s Capture

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Ryan Dougherty, Dylan Dougherty, Lee Dougherty (credit: Pueblo County Sheriff)

Ryan Dougherty, Dylan Dougherty, Lee Dougherty (credit: Pueblo County Sheriff)

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — The Florida mother of two brothers and a sister captured in Colorado after an intense nationwide search said she is devastated after the weeklong manhunt and arrest of her children.

Barbara Bell of East Palatka, Fla., spoke briefly Thursday to The Associated Press but declined to discuss their ordeal, saying she didn’t think it would help them in the long run.

“Thank God they’re not tried by the media,” she said. “They’re tried in a court of law and their story will come out at that time.”

Bell hung up the phone shortly after a reporter called, saying she needed to keep the line open for concerned family members to reach her.

“I’m devastated and I’m trying to be strong for other family members,” Bell said. “Throughout all of this, I think everybody just wanted it to stop. And now it’s over.”

Her children — Lee Grace Dougherty, 29, Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, and Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21, — face four Colorado state charges each of first-degree assault on a peace officer. (Full Story)

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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