North Carolina teen speaks after mother, sister murdered

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SANFORD, N.C. — When you ask Tobias McLean what he’s thankful for these days the answer is simple.

“Life and love,” he said quietly on Monday afternoon, nodding his head as he was surrounded by loved ones, his grandmother repeating the words.

It’s been two weeks since McLean, 17, was flown from Amarillo, Texas, back home to Sanford alongside a city police detective.

Authorities said he essentially survived a kidnapping by the man charged in the arson murders of his mother Calandra and sister Tashonna. That man is his stepfather, 54-year-old Billy Jo McLean, who police say took Tobias more than 1,100 miles away to a remote motel outside Amarillo.

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