Two men were arrested while helping a Newton County inmate escape arrest

A second Newton County man was arrested after police said they helped an inmate who escaped from a hospital nearly a week ago evade capture.

According to deputies, Gerald Harper, 49, of Oxford, and Diamante Seymour, 30, of Garden City, were arrested this week for helping Kendrick Hurst, 34, who escaped from Piedmont Newton Hospital in Covington on Sunday .

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Seymour was arrested this evening and faces charges of aiding and abetting another person or escaping from lawful custody, NCSO officials said.

“The Newton County Sheriff’s Office will leave no stone unturned during this ongoing investigation,” said Sheriff Ezell Brown. “Any person who assisted Kendrick Hurst – whether by providing food, providing money, making phone calls, providing clothing and providing transportation – will be arrested and charged.”


Harper was arrested Tuesday and also charged with aiding or allowing another person to escape lawful custody.

The investigation is ongoing, NCSO officials say.

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