'Serial stowaway' Marilyn Hartman sent to jail after leaving mental health facility

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The ''serial stowaway,'' Marilyn Hartman, was ordered to jail Thursday after walking away from a treatment facility.

Hartman was given mental health probation and six months at a treatment facility following her latest Chicago arrest at an airport bus stop.

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office says three probation violations were reported in the last week on Hartman.

Hartman has a history of sneaking aboard airplanes. In February, Hartman was sent to a Chicago nursing home following her arrest.

Police say she was arrested Feb. 17 at a bus shuttle center at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Terminal 2. Hartman pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing and two violations of probation. Hartman, 64, was released on probation to the nursing home in December, and ordered to avoid airports and Chicago's Union Station.

"It's the end of the line," Judge William Raines said last week when she was sentenced to treatment. "I can't tell you how mad - I'm mad that you violated my trust."

Hartman has tried numerous times in recent years to board planes without a ticket, succeeding at least once. She was arrested twice in two days last summer at O'Hare and Chicago's Midway International Airport.

Police officers, counselors and attorneys have attempted to help Hartman, who is described as homeless and has no family support.

Despite similar sentencing previously, Hartman's public defender contended the best place for her is in treatment.

"I am optimistic... that she's done," said attorney Parle Roe-Taylor last week.

Last Thursday, it was revealed in court that during her last stint in treatment, Hartman tried to leave the facility seven times.

While the judge wished her luck, Judge Raines had predicted that Hartman may be addicted to attention and may end up back in court.
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