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MONDAY, MAY 7, 2007

Morgan escapee visited children while on the run

By Holly Hollman · 340-2445

A Morgan County inmate who fled in a Habitat for Humanity van did go to see his two children during his brief bout of freedom.

Scotty McNutt, 38, of Hartselle had been working at Habitat for Humanity on Wilson Street on work-release for four months when he decided Saturday to escape and see his children, Chief Deputy Mike Corley said.

Authorities caught him in less than an hour on Peachtree Road with alcohol he had bought, Corley said. Authorities did not think he had time to visit his children.

McNutt’s ex-wife Rhonda Engle said he did spend 20 minutes at her home with their 16-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter.

“We didn’t know he had escaped until we read The Daily (Sunday morning),” she said. “I did wonder why he was in that Habitat van. He didn’t say where he was going when he left our house.”

The last time McNutt had seen his children before Saturday was August 2006, Engle said.

Engle said he told the children he loved them and wouldn’t see them for seven years. McNutt is awaiting trial on a driving-under-the-influence charge.

“I don’t know how he got the seven years, if that’s just what he is expecting to get sentenced,” Engle said.

Morgan County authorities charged McNutt on Saturday with first-degree theft, third-degree theft, second-degree escape and illegal possession of prohibited liquor.

He is in jail on $3,600 bond.

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