Officer suspended after prisoner in police custody escapes

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer has been suspended after the latest escape of a defendant in police custody.

Police say Tiffany Neumann of Los Angeles slipped out of her handcuffs and walked out of a hospital on Sunday.

NYPD Chief of Department James O'Neill says her escape was due purely to inattentiveness and carelessness.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says the department is coming down hard on officers for such lapses.

The suspended officer wasn't identified.

It was the latest such escape in recent months.

The 23-year-old Neumann had been arrested Saturday on petit larceny, theft of services and possession of stolen property charges.

Police say she was taken to the hospital after claiming she was pregnant.

It was not immediately clear whether Neumann had an attorney who could comment.