NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – A Floyd County inmate is missing.
Sheriff Darrell Mills said Bridgett Sims, 23, is eight months pregnant and was last seen wearing a hospital gown. Mills said Sims walked away from Floyd Memorial Hospital about 12:05 Sunday afternoon.
Mills said she was brought in by the New Albany Police Department Friday for a theft charge. She had narcotics in her system when she was arrested. She was treated overnight at Floyd Memorial Hospital for the well being of her unborn child as well as herself.
According to Mills, Sims was in an extra room with hospital staff who were conducting a medical test on her when she asked to use the bathroom. The bathroom had a second exit that police did not know about. He said Sims walked out through the back exit that led to a different corridor.
"She was wearing her hospital gown and she took of in a hurry," Floyd County Jail Commander Major Andrew Sands said.
Sheriff Mills said a male officer was watching Sims and did nothing wrong and is not facing any disciplinary action.
Mills said Sims needed medical attention and she walked away. There is a warrant issued for escape that also includes her theft charges.
She is not considered to be armed or dangerous. Deputies did a search of the area for several hours, but were unable to locate her.
Police think Sims may be with Chris Gentry. Gentry also goes by the alias Thomas Cook.
"Yeah, our main concern at this point is the child that she's carrying," Sands said.
The situation strikes a chord with Lisa Rehnberg.
"I just think it's really sad. I hope that she can be found and the baby can be cared for," she said.
Rehnberg has four children of her own. As a mother, she said of Sims
"She needs help right now and sometimes this is a hard path for her with the decisions she's made. But, if she'll just go ahead and do what she has to do, it's best for her in the long run and the baby."
Sheriff Mills is asking anyone who might see Sims to call police at 812-948-5400.
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