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Mother of Missing Baby Arrested

Sheriff Bill Gilkey says there's reason to believe baby Harper is in danger.
10-month-old Harper Alexander Floyd
10-month-old Harper Alexander Floyd
 33-year-old Brian Alan Floyd
33-year-old Brian Alan Floyd
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YELL COUNTY, AR --  Yell County investigators confirm they are following new leads in the disappearance of Brian and Harper Floyd. The Greenwood man and his 10-month old baby have been missing since Friday.

In this latest development, deputies arrested the child's mother. The Yell County Sheriff's Office says Brooke Floyd is charged with endangerment of a minor, a felony, and hindering apprehension. But investigators aren't explaining the circumstances behind the arrest.

Authorities began searching for baby Harper and his father Brian on Friday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. near the Ouachita Mountains after deputies say they found Brooke Floyd, with cuts and scrapes, in an area south of the Blue Mountain Lake.

At one point in the day, she was with her husband Brian Floyd and 10-month-old son Harper. So far, detectives won't release that information about how Brooke got separated from the two. After deputies found Brooke Friday afternoon, the massive search for her husband and son began with close to a hundred law enforcement officers joining the effort.

Sheriff Bill Gilkey says there's reason to believe baby Harper is in danger.

Sheriff Gilkey said, "Well the fact we haven't located the child, there's always the possibility the child is in danger, so we will treat it as necessary. Highly trained members of the FBI and Arkansas State Police are here today working with us. They're very thorough and we gave them an opportunity to do what needed to be done."

Deputies say Brian Floyd is driving a 1998 Chevrolet king cab pickup. It's dark green in color with Arkansas tags 288TRP. If you see it, call the Yell County Sheriff's Department.

Brooke Floyd is expected to make her first court appearance sometime this week. According to deputies, Brian Floyd was also arrested for communicating a false alarm just days before his disappearance. Investigators are not releasing details about what happened.

Meanwhile, family members started a Facebook site supporting the search for Brian and Harper called Team Harper.
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