The NYPD said Tuesday it has rearrested a woman who escaped from custody Sunday after being handcuffed to a hospital bed in Manhattan.

The escape led to the immediate suspension of the officer who had been guarding the woman, Tiffany Neumann, 23, of Los Angeles.

Police sources said Neumann, who was initially arrested on charges of petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, had been handcuffed to a bed at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital on Gold Street when she escaped.

Police said Neumann was rearrested Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. in the 24th Precinct, which serves the upper West Side.

Charges are pending.

"There is no excuse for it, it is embarrassing," NYPD Chief of Department James O'Neill told reporters Monday, discussing the escape. "She is not a mastermind criminal. It is totally due to inattentiveness and carelessness. A police officer was suspended last night."

Police officials wouldn't reveal the identity of the suspended officer guarding Neumann when she escaped.

But Police Commissioner William Bratton said Monday that after two cases this summer in which prisoners escaped from custody, the department is coming down hard on officers involved.

"I will make that very clear . . . the punishment we will be putting in place for these types of events, is going to be significant," Bratton said. "Once we have a person in our custody our responsibility is the care and custody of that individual."

Neumann had six prior arrests, three in New York City and three in Los Angeles, said NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce. He didn't release details about the disposition of those earlier cases.

Neumann reportedly had said she was pregnant and not feeling well, which a police source said wasn't true. Officers took her to the hospital.

Earlier this summer, the NYPD was embarrassed when two other prisoners escaped. In one case Tarek Arnold, 22, was seen on surveillance videos June 23 running away from officers in Manhattan despite being handcuffed. Arnold remained at large for about a month before he was recaptured last month.

With John Valenti