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Racine County Sheriff’s deputies say a 29-year-old woman is back in custody after she walked away from her work release job last fall.

Shernike Morgan, of Racine, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with a single misdemeanor count of escape. If convicted, she faces up to nine months in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, Morgan was in custody last fall for not paying child support and had a position at Ridgewood Care Center as an inmate worker. Her shift on September 19 started at 7:30 a.m. and by 8 she reported she wasn’t feeling well and needed to go back to jail.

Deputies say that when they arrived at Ridgewood to pick Morgan up, she was gone. Another inmate reported that Morgan had said the work at Ridgewood was hard, and she didn’t think she’d be able to stick with it. The woman told authorities she advised Morgan to pray and stick with it because things would get better, but the defendant never indicated she was just going to walk away.

When deputies informed the court about Morgan’s escape, a $5,000 warrant was issued for her arrest, the complaint reads.

Police reports do not indicate how Morgan was located and taken back into custody, but she remains in the Racine County Jail on a $500 cash bond. She will have a pre-trial conference on June 11.

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