NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – A pregnant inmate who escaped from Floyd Memorial Hospital on Sunday surrendered to Floyd County Sheriff Darrell Mills Monday afternoon, the sheriff said.
Bridgette Sims, 23, told the sheriff she left the hospital because she was scared. She turned herself in after Mills talked with some of Sims' relatives.
Sims' mother tells WAVE 3 her daughter called her and she encouraged her to turn herself in. On Monday afternoon she was picked up by her sister and met Sheriff Mills at the New Albany Plaza on State Street.
Her sister tells WAVE 3 that Sims says she was scared and didn't know why she did what she did. Her family believes she got caught up with the wrong crowd.
Sims is eight-months pregnant and was being treated at the hospital because she had narcotics in her system at the time of her initial arrest on Friday.
According to Mills, Sims was undergoing a medical test at the hospital on Sunday when she asked to use the restroom. The restroom had a second exit that police did not know about. Mills said Sims walked through the back exit which led down a different corridor. She then left the building wearing a hospital gown.
Mills said Sims originally was arrested on suspicion of theft from a New Albany Walmart. Police said an escape charge likely would be added.
Police said they were still actively looking for Sims' boyfriend, Chris Gentry. He also goes by the alias Thomas Cook. Mills said Gentry is a wanted man and that several different states have warrants for his arrest.
Monday afternoon Floyd Memorial Hospital released a statement saying it could not discuss the escape due to patient privacy and that "it is not uncommon for all law enforcement to seek medical care for an inmate or detainee at their local hospital."
Authorities planned to release more information about the case during a news conference on Tuesday.
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