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NCSO inmate arrested after brief escape
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Newton County Sheriff's Deputies arrested an escaped inmate from the Newton County Detention Center in Jasper County Friday morning, shortly after she got away from investigators, according to the NCSO.

Investigators took Judi Gail Hayes, 23, of Newborn to assist in a field investigation of a separate case in Newborn, according to NCSO spokesperson Lt. Mark Mitchell.

 Hayes had been jailed for a probation violation stemming from a financial transaction fraud charge.

 But around 11 a.m. she was able to escape custody and ducked into a house on Ga. Highway 142 where she had previously lived, said Mitchell.

 When deputies arrived at the home, they were told she had left just minutes before in a blue four-door SUV.

 Deputies then checked another address where she had recently lived, just over the county line in Jasper County on Gassert Road, with the assistance of Jasper County Sheriff's deputies.

 They spotted the blue SUV parked outside, and when they entered the residence, they found the escapee hiding in a closet under a pile of clothes, said Mitchell.

 Hayes was arrested without resistance shortly before 12 p.m. and charged with escape, a felony.

 Mitchell said the department was currently investigating how she had escaped custody.