Convicted murderers David Sweat (L) and Richard Matt are shown in this composite image.
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June 11, 2015 10:04 AM EDT

Joyce Mitchell, the New York prison worker being questioned in the escape of two murderers, was charmed by one of the inmates and planned to be their getaway driver until she got cold feet, senior government officials told NBC News.

One of the inmates, Richard Matt, established a relationship with Mitchell over a couple of months, the officials said.

“She thought it was love,” one of the officials said.

Instead of being the getaway driver, Mitchell went to the hospital and checked herself in, the officials said. As NBC News has previously reported, Mitchell checked in on Saturday, the day…

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