FLORENCE COUNTY, SC. — A South Carolina inmate escaped after being sent to a hospital for medical treatment, only to be recaptured a short time later.
On Monday, Megan Marie Hickman, 32, an inmate at the Florence County Detention Center, was sent to the hospital for treatment of a medical issue.
When she was in the emergency department she requested to go to the bathroom.
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A female nurse accompanied Hickman to the bathroom.
Not long after that, the nurse discovered that Hickman had escaped the hospital.
A manhunt of the area around the hospital began immediately.
Deputies later located her at a home in Coward, South Carolina.
She was found hiding in a clothes dryer.
She was brought back to the detention center and in addition to her previous charges, she was charged with escape.
Another inmate, Anthony Robert Wright-Post, 29, was charged with aiding an escape.
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Hickman and Wright-Post are being held at the detention center while awaiting a bond hearing.
Under South Carolina law, escape is a felony punishable by not less than one, but not more than 15 years in prison, to be served consecutively to the original charge.
Aiding escape is a misdemeanor punishable by not more than two years or a fine of not more than $500.
Jail records show Hickman was originally arrested for shoplifting a value of $1,000 or less.
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