A Madison County inmate escaped from custody between 11:15 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday as deputies took him back to his home to recover stolen items.
James Michael Self, 19, who was being held at the county jail on theft charges, escaped from an investigator and a deputy at his residence on Fred Goss Road.
“They went to the house to recover some stuff he had stolen and a lady got between him and the deputies and he took off,” said Sheriff Kip Thomas.
Thomas said the woman was the escapee’s mother, but she is not under arrest.
“It (the mother's interference) wasn’t intentional,” said Thomas. “He just saw an opportunity and he took it.”
The nearby Madison County Middle School has been placed on lockdown.
The Georgia State Patrol and the county canine unit are tracking Self.
“The chopper is on its way,” he said.
Anyone with knowledge of Self’s whereabouts should call the sheriff’s department at 706-795-6202.