August 7th, 2010
05:23 PM ET

Mother of Arizona escapee arrested

The mother of one of the inmates who escaped from an Arizona prison last week has been arrested, a law enforcement official told CNN Saturday.

Claudia Washburn, 68, has been charged with conspiracy to facilitate escape and hindering prosecution, according to Deputy U.S. Marshal Thomas Henman.

Henman said Washburn is the mother of escapee John McCluskey.

McCluskey,  Tracy Province and Daniel Renwick fled an Arizona prison July 30 after being aided in the escape by a female accomplice who threw cutting tools over the jail fence, authorities said.

Renwick was captured Sunday in Colorado after getting in a shootout with authorities.

Washburn allegedly provided "financial and other aid" to the two remaining escapees and the woman helping them. Washburn was arrested in  Jake's Corner, Arizona.

Henman said he believes the escapees are no longer in Arizona but are still somewhere in the United States.

A nationwide manhunt continued late Saturday.

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  1. angel

    I think they will be on the run and hiding for months! These guys know what they are doing!

    August 7, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike in San Salvador

    You cant fault a mother for loving and helping her child.

    August 7, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kaktus

    The whole Family is supportive of the Mom...and all are hurting but are pulling together. Not all the news that has been put out there could possibly be true.

    August 8, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |