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Police: Woman faked labor to avoid arrest in Greensburg

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Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, 3:03 p.m.

An Indiana County woman pretended to go into labor and then skipped out on authorities who took her to Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg, city police said.

Melony Collingridge, 25, of Clarksburg was charged Monday with flight to avoid apprehension and theft of services in Greensburg District Judge James Albert's office.

Collingridge faked the start of labor after Greensburg police detained her Sept. 1 on a warrant for a probation violation out of Allegheny County, Capt. Chad Zucco said.

She was taken to the Greensburg hospital and moved into the maternity section.

“She got dressed and took off from there,” Zucco said.

Police filed the theft of service charge for the cost to transport her to the hospital by ambulance.

Collingridge faces a preliminary hearing Oct. 10 before Albert, whose office will send her a notice of the charges.

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