A Michigan mother who was convicted for making up a story about being gang-raped fled from a sheriff's custody after being taken to a hospital for treatment, according to a prosecutor.
Leiha Ann-Sue Artman, 26, was sentenced to a year in prison for making up a story that she was kidnapped and gang-raped by four black men in 2016. According to MLive, Artman dodged jail time for the crime by entering an intensive probation program and a residential jail alternative program. But, last month, she went missing from the alternative program, violating her parole.
Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Maat said, "It's alleged that while at the hospital, she attempted to flee the custody of the deputies who transported her.”
He said that Artman, a mother of three, ran out of the emergency room and onto the street. She was chased down by police and caught after a brief pursuit, MLive reports. It is unclear why she was seeking medical attention.
In March 2016, Artman made up a horrific story. She told police that four men kidnapped her from the driveway of her home and threw her in the trunk of their car, the New York Daily News reports. She claimed they beat and sexually assaulted. Artman's boyfriend received text messages demanding money for her release. In those texts: photos of a bloody Artman gagged.
It is unclear if Artman has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf. Her partner, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the Daily Mail that Artman was coerced into making the plea and also into fabricating the gang-rape story.
“All I know is that I woke up to some very, very brutal pictures,” he said. “She did make up a story saying it was four black men but, at the end of the day, she did get really, really hurt by someone. [...] She is a good woman and a good mother. She was a heroin addict that needed help and rehab.”
[Photo: Muskegon County Jail, Facebook]