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Bain family focused on healing

Kyliyah (left), Alexandria (right) Kyliyah (left), Alexandria (right)

(WMC-TV) - A Bain family representative is offering new insight into the relationship between the Bain sisters and their suspected kidnapper, Adam Mayes.

The family representative said family members are not talking for fear of influencing the ongoing investigation into what happened to 12-year-old Alexandria and 8-year-old Kyliyah Bain.

The Bain sisters were found last Thursday.  Police said Mayes kidnapped the sisters and later shot himself in the head in the woods outside of a church in Alpine, Mississippi.

The girls' mother, JoAnn Bain, and older sister, Adrienne Bain, were found dead behind Mayes' trailer in Mississippi.

He says Alexandria and Kyliyah are very aware about what happened and face many long hours of therapy and counseling.

The aftermath of their terrifying ordeal is only just beginning.

For the young girls, Mother's Day proved difficult.

"As you would expect what's normal for the girls would be normal for anyone. Some days are good days some days are not so good," said Bain family spokesman David Livingston.

The sisters spent long hours on Saturday with an FBI child forensic interviewer.

"Mr. Bain wishes and prays that this had never happened, obviously, because it pretty much destroyed half his family. And under the circumstances he would hope that people would be respectful and let them mourn and give them due time," said Livingston.

Livingston said the Bains plan to travel and go to different places where no one would know or recognize them.

"The adults are letting the professionals handle it. If the girls want to talk about it we will certainly listen, but we are not asking questions," Livingston explained. "And at this point, it's been my understanding that they really don't want to talk about it."

During the ordeal, rumors swirled that Mayes was the father of one or more of the girls.  David Livingston, a Bain family spokesperson, said that is a rumor the family wants to put to rest.

"Let me emphatically say there's no way that Adam Mayes is the father of any of these children," said Livingston.  "And that when confronted about that, Adam would say, 'Oh, I know I'm not the father, I just love them like I'm their father.'"

Gary Bain, Kyliyah Bain's biological father and Alexandria and Adrienne Bain's adoptive father, said he is focused squarely on his young daughters and their healing.

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