NEW ALBANY, IN (CNN/WAVE) -- Authorities in Southern Indiana are working to track down an inmate who escaped police custody. The woman isn't considered armed and dangerous, but she is eight months pregnant.
The Floyd County Sheriff's Office is searching for 23-year-old Bridgett Sims. Maj. Andrew Sands says, "She is eight months pregnant and is a known heroin user."
Sims was arrested Friday with narcotics in her system. On Saturday, she was taken to Floyd Memorial Hospital to get treatment for her unborn child.
Sunday, she was having a medical test done by hospital staff around noon when Sands says, ""She asked to use the restroom. At that time, the officer placed her in the restroom."
Sands says an officer was watching her. A nurse was there, too, but Sims didn't stay in the restroom. Police say she walked out of another door in the restroom the officer didn't know about. Sands says, "She was wearing her hospital gown and she took off in a hurry."
Police believe Sims may be with a man named Christopher Gentry who's using the alias Thomas Cook. Authorities say the two might be in a relationship. Sands says, "Yeah, our main concern, at this point, is the child that she's carrying."
Authorities searched for hours Sunday but couldn't find her. Sands says, "I don't know how she could go that fast, eight months pregnant. I didn't go very fast!"
The situation strikes a chord with Lisa Rehnberg. She says, "I just think it's really sad. I hope that she can be found and the baby can be cared for."
Rehnberg has four children of her own. As a mom, she says, "She needs help right now and sometimes this is a hard path for her with the decisions she's made. But, if she'll just go ahead and do what she needs to do and what's best for her, in the long run, and the baby."
Sims was initially arrested on a theft charge.