CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. - The father of 2-year-old girls whose mother is accused of stealing a truck with them inside told Channel 2 Action News he forgives her.
Driskell Daniels told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri he's still overcome with relief when he talks about getting his twin girls home safely after the arest of their mother, 27-year-old Nicole Evans.
"I'm not mad at her," Daniels said. "I just want her to think about what she did and know that she almost killed her girls."
Daniels said he went to the store a week ago and when he returned to the Roswell hotel where the family has been living, Evans and their twin daughters were gone.
She turned up in Marietta a day later. A taxi driver told Viteri that Evans tried to steal his cab. He stopped her and she ran, carrying her daughters, across Marietta Parkway to a Chevron station, where police said she stole a truck.
Witnesses said Evans threw her daughters into the truck's cab and dragged the truck's owner as he tried to stop her. Later, investigators tracked Evans to Carroll County. The pursuit ended when she hit a police car on Interstate 20.
"I want to ask her what was on her mind," Daniels said. He said Evans was frustrated with their living situation but had never done anything like this.
Daniels spoke with her on the phone once since the arrest and said she apologized in tears.
"Her last words to me was to make sure I get them in a safe, better place and make sure they have a better, decent life. And she loves them," Daniels said.
Evans is facing dozens of charges in Carroll County. Police said after those are resolved, she will head to the Cobb County Jail where she faces more charges.