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Inmate Climbed Into Ceiling. It Didn't End Well

Ohio inmate's prison escape plan foiled after ceiling gives way
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2020 11:20 AM CST

(Newser) WOIO calls it a botched prison escape in Ohio that ended in "embarrassing fashion." ABC7 calls it an "epic fail"—or should it be "epic fall"? It was all of these things for Jessica Boomershine, who was caught on surveillance camera determinedly trying to find her way out of a lounge-like area in the Montgomery County Jail in Dayton. Both media outlets have a clip, which shows Boomershine, with other inmates casually watching, standing on a kiosk seat and looking up at the ceiling. She then drags a chair over, climbs atop the kiosk monitor, and apparently removes a ceiling tile (that part can't be seen on screen). She then hoists herself up and her legs disappear out of view.

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The ceiling apparently wasn't made to withstand escapees, however, and debris starts to fall just seconds later—followed by the ceiling completely giving way, leaving her legs dangling. Corrections officers are in the room by this point, and they grab her legs; she eventually lets go of the ceiling and crashes down to the ground, a trash can breaking her head's fall. Boomershine now has escape and vandalism charges tacked on to charges she already was facing, including kidnapping, felony assault, burglary, robbery, and grand theft related to an attack on an 85-year-old man, per ABC7. (Does this sound familiar?)

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