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Inmate injured jail matron during brief escape, deputies say

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Posted at 1:39 PM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 13:39:19-04

BROOKVILLE, Ind. -- A Franklin County inmate is facing up to 16 years in prison after deputies said she escaped for about 34 minutes.

Jennifer Lynn Broering, 42, was in court for an initial hearing on charges of maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana Tuesday morning when she attempted to pull away from the jail's matron, the Franklin County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

During the struggle, the matron was knocked to the ground and suffered serious injuries, deputies said. Broering ran away.

Deputies, Brookville police officers and Indiana State Police set up a perimeter and began searching the area with a K-9. A nearby school was briefly placed on lockout. Authorities found Broering hiding in an abandoned wooden shed.

"This was a great team effort by all three agencies in making the quick apprehension," Sheriff Ken Murphy said. "We would also like to wish a speedy recovery to our matron."

The jail matron was driven to Margaret Mary Health Center in Brookville for treatment. Broering was also driven to Margaret Mary for treatment of injuries that resulted from being caught by the police dog. 

Deputies said Broering is now facing additional charges of aggravated battery, escape resulting in a bodily injury, battery on law enforcement and resisting law enforcement. In addition to the potnetial prison time, Broering could have to pay upt to $10,000 in fines if she's convicted.