POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Jena Johnson - email
POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The mother of the Polk County jail inmate pleaded Tuesday afternoon for her son to turn himself in.
Susie Henry said her son was more of a danger to himself and not to anyone else. She said she feels he could go as far as killing himself instead of going back to jail and said she just wanted him to turn himself in.
Polk County deputies have changed tactics in their search for Daniel Lee Falls, 26, who escaped the jail early Monday morning.
Chief Deputy Byron Lyons said authorities are keeping a watch over the runaway inmate's family's and friends' homes, as they feel he may show up at one of those places to get out of the woods.
Falls was reportedly on work detail, around midnight Monday morning, cleaning kitchen floors inside the county jail when he slipped past the deputy on duty and left the jail through an open back door.
Authorities believe Falls ran into a wooded area near Old Woodville Road.
Deputies spent much of Monday checking vehicles passing through the area but called off the checkpoints around 5:30 p.m.
"I'm worried my son's going to commit suicide," Henry said. "That's what's going to happen so he doesn't get caught. He's very terrified of being locked up."
Henry said an officer told her about the break-out.
"It felt like he just kicked me in the stomach and I just doubled over and I just thought 'Oh, I cannot believe this,'" Henry said.
Her son's longing for freedom, she says, got the best of him.
"Daniel was desperate and scared and anyway out...he would have crawled through a mouse hole," Henry said.
Henry tells us the last 40 hours have felt like torture.
"Just sitting here and hoping that he would call so I could just tell him to turn himself in, but it's like talking to a brick wall," Henry said. "He's too scared to turn himself in. That's why I'm so afraid he's going to hurt himself."
While Fall's mother begs for him to turn himself in, authorities say they're doing everything they can to make that happen."
"We're exhausting all the means we have, all the resources we have to continue to actively pursue this fugitive or escapee from Polk County Jail," Sheriff Kenneth Hammack said.
As much as Henry hates her son being locked up, she's begging him to do the right thing.
"Everybody's praying for him to please turn himself back in," Henry said. "This is no way to live."