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Officials at Dorothea Dix Looking at Security

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RALEIGH — In the wake of an inmate's successfulescape, officials at Dorothea Dix Hospital are taking a close look atsecurity there.

Convicted child molester Rex Haislip, 32, was found and returned to thehospital Sunday after having escaped from a hospital recreation room 48hours before. That has residents in the hospital's Boylan Heightsneighborhood feeling a little nervous.

Debbie Bond has a 2-year-old son and lives across the street from the hospital. She says her family goes on full-alert whenever they hear of anescape.

Haislip is now being held in a maximum-security, pre-trial detentioncenter. The Dorothea Dix police force is the first group to search for anescapee. They were notified within 19 minutes of Haislip's escape. DixPolice Chief William Gilsdorf says it doesn't usually take so long tofind an escapee.

Dix Director Walter Stelle blames human error for the escape, but saysas the number of criminals in the hospital increases, so do the needs ofthe hospital.

Hospital officials will be looking into the possibility of specialsecure facilities for prisoners who become patients.

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