- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazilian authorities say six female inmates escaped with their babies from a prison unit where they were allowed to stay with their newborn children.

Authorities say the women used makeshift knives to overpower guards and escape the facility outside Sao Paulo. Two guard dogs were found drugged.

Police officer Luiz Ferretti said Tuesday all six women were recaptured. The facility’s director, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with prison policy, said the babies were doing fine. The women escaped on Monday.

Inmates at the hospital-like unit are allowed to breast-feed their infants until they reach six months.

Authorities said three other women escaped without their babies. One remains at large.

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