Pregnant heroin mom escapee arraigned in Floyd County Court


by Adam Walser

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 25 at 9:13 PM

(WHAS11) -- Less than 24 hours after she was captured, bond was set for Floyd County Jail escapee Bridgette Sims, allowing her to be free once more in a matter of hours.

Her bond was set at $5,000, meaning her family would only have to pay $500 for her release. The 23-year-old mother of two is expecting a third child, a boy. According to family members, her due date is Nov. 19.

Sims was arrested Friday for allegedly stealing Halloween costumes from the Wal-Mart on Grantline Rd. Police say she had prescription pain pills in her purse and admitted using heroin.
Sims was taken to Floyd Memorial Hospital for testing out of concern for her baby.

Sheriff Darrell Mills says Sims escaped by walking out of the back exit of a restroom, then hitched a ride from a good Samaritan.

"We have learned from that. So there shouldn't be another walk away in those circumstances. We'll do what we need to do diligently to keep that from happening again," Mills said.

During that time, we've learned Sims contacted the father of her unborn child Chris Gentry, who was also on the run. Gentry's mother was at Bridgette's court appearance.

"He talked her into turning herself in, so that she's not on the run and stressed and things like that, because he was worried about her. He loves her," Gentry's mother said.

After searching all over Floyd County for more than 24 hours, Sheriff Mills reached out to Sim's family members and arranged for Sims and her sister to meet him at New Albany Plaza Shopping Center, just a stone's throw from the hospital.

We've learned Sims had another arrest earlier this month in Louisville, in which police allegedly found heroin in her vehicle and syringes hidden in her bra.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Sims allegedly showed up at her old home near downtown New Albany.

A resident, who did not wish to be identified, said Sims asked her for a ride to State Street.

"She needed a ride over there because she was pregnant. If it was for any other reason, I would have told her 'no' but she was acting kind of funny and there are too many kids in the neighborhood," said the resident.

Chris Gentry's mom says her son plans to turn himself in as soon as Sims is released on bond.
She hopes both future parents will get the help they need.
"I'm worried about the grand baby, I am. We're all praying for him," she said.

Sims was not arraigned on the escape charge. She will be back in court on that charge Thursday afternoon.

Sims is out of jail on bond as of about 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.