09/25/2012 11:47 am ET

Bridgette Sims, Pregnant Inmate, Escapes From Indiana Police

Life on the run from the law can't be easy -- especially if you're eight months pregnant.

Bridgette Sims turned herself -- and her unborn baby -- over to authorities in Indiana around 4:00 p.m. Monday following a day on the lam, WAVE-3 reports.

The 23-year-old suspect, arrested Friday on shoplifting and possession charges, escaped the sheriff's custody during a medical evaluation Sunday at the Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany. Police say that Sims asked to use the restroom and then slipped out a back door, still dressed in her gown.

The officer watching the restroom's front door was not aware of a second exit, according to Fox-4.

Floyd County Sheriff Darrell Mills worked with Sims' family to encourage her surrender and said that he did not consider the suspect a threat to society.

“She said she just freaked out,” said Mills, according to the News and Tribune. “She said she got scared. If I was to speculate I would say she was under the influence of narcotics."

At the time of her escape, police suspected that Sims had reunited with Chris Gentry, her boyfriend and possibly the father of her child. Floyd County Jail officials said that Sims is a heroin addict, according to the New York Daily News.



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