LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Eugenia Howard's day started with an unexpected turn.
"(At) Eight O'clock this morning, Antonio's baby's mother, my daughter-in-law, saying that Antonio escaped from jail," described Howard. "Oh my God, I screamed. I literally flailed on the bed and was like 'Oh my God, what has he done."
Howard's son, 24-year-old Antonio Howard, or Tony as she calls him, and another inmate, Ira Boles, of Florence, are said to have walked away from their minimal security jobs at the Adair County Jail.
"Him and the guy he was with hitchhiked a ride to Lexington," said the mother, who wasn't too happy about her son's choice.
"Tony was due to go to the parole board on September 13th," stated Howard with dismay. "My thing is that he's not in a right frame of mind. He talked to her (his girlfriend) yesterday, and she told him she was seeing another boy and he lost it."
According to the protective orders filed, Howard's girlfriend claims the escapee threatened to kill her and was quoted as saying if he couldn't have her, nobody could.
"It doesn't look good," offered Howard, "He's diagnosed bi-polar. He needs help, and that's what I'm trying to tell the police department he's not this mad, crazy maniac. He needs psychiatric help."
After learning of her son's escape, Howard says she finally got a call from him. He told her he was in Nicholasville and wanted her help.
"I don't condone what he's doing. I'm not going to minimize what he's done, but I'm not going to condone what he's doing, now, and I'm not going to help him flee and hide. That's not the type of parent I am."
Howard says she then hung up on her son and reported his location to the authorities and insisted she would do what she could to help get him off the streets. Still, Howard can't help but wonder what more she could've done to help her son.
"I just want him to make it back to the jail and I just want him to be okay."
The 24-year-old has a long list of arrests. He has been in-and-out of the Fayette County Jail roughly a dozen times for crimes ranging from robbery to assault. In March, the same woman filed an E.P.O. accusing him of choking her until she passed out while she was pregnant.