SAN DIEGO - Word of another fugitive mother arrested in San Diego after decades on the run prompted 10News to track down the original local woman whose run from the law made national news in 2008.
San Diego police arrested Judy Hayman at her apartment in Park West on Monday afternoon after being contacted by authorities with the Michigan Department of Corrections. Hayman was sentenced to a maximum of two years for an attempted larceny near Detroit. She served one year before escaping in 1977.
Hayman is the second local mother who escaped from a Michigan prison and came to San Diego to build a life.
Susan LeFevre, who now goes by Susan Walsh, was arrested at her Carmel Valley home in 2008, 32 years after she scaled a fence at the Detroit House of Corrections. She served one year of a 10- to 20- year sentence for having heroin in 1974.
Walsh recalled to 10News the moment she was caught.
"It was that moment that I always dreaded," she told 10News Tuesday evening. "I lived one life, but then I had this past and those two worlds collided."
Walsh said Hayman will likely be put on a bus back to Michigan; an awful journey she will never forget.
"My heart goes out to her … that she will be suffering, she will be put probably on a truck and handcuffed, shackled arms to her hands and waist for two weeks," said Walsh.
She believes authorities are wasting taxpayer money by going after absconders like herself and Hayman. Walsh called the system a "lucrative business."
"A lot of people are making money," she said. "It's not the taxpayers, but just money transporting these people who have not committed a crime in many years."
Walsh said it took years for her life to return to normal.
"It shattered us for awhile and I hope that she is able to hold it together and has a better, quicker recovery than what my family had to go through," she said.
She said authorities should go after the criminals who are actually a threat to the public.
"The state is absolutely bankrupt," said Walsh. "They can't afford drug rehabilitation or basic school books in the schools, yet they can afford to search for people like myself and this young woman."