Mother of escaped inmate says he came to her home after jailbreak

Mom: Escaped inmates came to my home
Mom: Escaped inmates came to my home
Posted at 4:35 PM, Jun 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-20 16:36:43-04

CONNERSVILLE, Ind. -- The mother of an inmate who escaped from the Fayette County Jail late Friday night says her son and a fellow escapee came to her home, according to the sheriff's department

Paula J. Potters, 60, was charged with maintaining a common nuisance and assisting a criminal. Potters told investigators her son, Chadwick Heath, and his fellow escapee, Michael Roberts, came to her house after they broke out of jail, and she gave them clothing and food.

The sheriff's department said she's only charged with helping Roberts because, under Indiana law, a person cannot be charged with helping a parent, child or spouse evading arrest.

Potters also shared information on the inmates' whereabouts, the sheriff's department said, but that information was not released Monday.

Heath and Roberts got through a 2-by-2-foot hole in the wall of their cell at about 11:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Fayette County Sheriff's Department. A surveillance camera caught the men jumping to the ground outside the jail, then running off.


Jail staff noticed they were missing during a head count at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Heath is charged with four counts of dealing in a narcotic drug, maintaining a common nuisance and visiting a common nuisance. Roberts is charged with burglary and two counts of theft.

Joey Heath, 37 -- who is Potters' son and Chadwick Heath's brother -- also was charged with maintaining a common nuisance from information the sheriff's department says it obtained by listening to phone calls.