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Manslaughter Charge for AR Mom, After Confession

YELL COUNTY, AR - A 10-month-old Greenwood boy died of "exposure and abandonment," the Yell County Sheriff's Office revealed Tuesday afternoon after charging his mother with manslaughter.
'She did not show any emotion and did not appear to be frantic or even openly concerned about the baby's well-being.' -Yell County Court Affidavit
Update (11:44 p.m.):

YELL COUNTY, AR-- What happened to Brian and Harper Floyd?

Police think the wife and mother of the pair found dead last week, has something to do with their disappearance.

Search crews found the Greenwood father and his 10-month-old son last Tuesday in the woods of the Ouachita Mountains, south of Blue Mountain Lake in Yell County.

And on Tuesday, Brooke Floyd's attorney tells us she's turning herself in to authorities in Danville Wednesday.

We're also now learning Floyd admitted to being on drugs when she left her son and husband alone in the woods.

Investigators say Brian Floyd was described as hallucinating and violent toward Brooke and their son when they were last seen.

An autopsy recently revealed that 10-month-old Harper floyd died due to exposure and abandonment.

Now, Brooke Floyd faces an upgraded charge of manslaughter.

"They're disappointed in the manslaughter charge but understood this was a possibility," says attorney Bill James.

A nine-page affidavit explains the days leading to the father and son's disappearance and deaths, along with why the Floyds left their Greenwood home for the Ouachita Mountains.

Authorities describe Brooke Floyd as hallucinating as she told officers they left because someone was chasing and attacking them.

Later, she admitted her and her husband had taken methamphetamine and other drugs but, according to the affidavit, 'In reality, when she believed someone was attacking her and the baby it was actually Brian."

After finding Brooke covered in scratches and bruises in a ditch, crews searched mountainous terrain for four days, looking for the father and son pair.

Meanwhile, authorities wrote 'She did not show any emotion and did not appear to be frantic or even openly concerned about the baby's well-being.'

Floyd's attorney argues his client was stuck with two tough choices.

"She could stay or try and get help. The evidence will show when they found her, she thought her family would already be at the police station," says attorney Bill James.

Brooke Floyd was initially arrested for endangering a minor and hindering apprehension. Now, she faces a new charge of manslaughter in connection with the deaths.

We will keep you posted with the newest developments in this case.



Update (4:50 p.m.):

YELL COUNTY, AR - A 10-month-old Greenwood boy died of "exposure and abandonment," the Yell County Sheriff's Office revealed Tuesday afternoon after charging his mother with manslaughter.

Brooke Floyd, 21, mother of Harper, and wife of Brian Floyd, 33, whose cause of death has not yet been released, remained free on bond after surrendering to authorities on the new charge.

Floyd has also been charged with hindering apprehension and endangering the welfare of a minor in the case.

Her arrest affidavit provides a detailed explanation of what she says happened to her family in the ordeal that came to a tragic end last week in the Ouachita Mountains outside Danville.

Floyd told deputies she and her husband had taken meth before driving with their son into a remote area off a road where their truck broke down.

The affidavit says Floyd and her husband had been hallucinating and believed they were being attacked by people following behind them and that they had tried to escape.

For more details, see the affidavit.

Original story (1:50 p.m.):
YELL COUNTY, AR - An attorney for Brooke Floyd tells us he is taking the Greenwood woman to the jail in Danville to be booked-in on new charge of one count of manslaughter.

Floyd is the wife and mother of Brian Floyd, 33, and Harper Floyd, 10-months, who were found dead in the Ouachita Mountains outside Danville last week.

We're told that Brooke Floyd, 21, will be released under the previous $50,000 bond paid for the child endangerment and hindering apprehension arrest.

Information from Yell County Sheriff's Office:

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced today that Brooke Sueann Floyd surrendered herself to the Yell County Sheriff's Department Criminal Investigation Division in Danville today, August 5, 2014, and was served an arrest warrant on the charge of Manslaughter stemming from information filed in Yell County Circuit Court by Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum, of the 15th Judicial District of the State of Arkansas.

She was given a 9:00 am, August 7, 2014, court date at Yell County Circuit Court in Danville for plea and arraignment.

She had previously been released on $50,000 bond and through an agreement between the Prosecuting Attorney's Office and her counsel that bond will stand as set previously for the formal charge that has been filed.

She remains free on that bond.


YELL COUNTY, AR - An attorney for Brooke Floyd tells us he will take the Greenwood woman to the jail in Danville to be booked-in on new charge of one count of manslaughter.

Floyd is the wife and mother of Brian Floyd, 33, and Harper Floyd, 10-months, who were found dead in the Ouachita Mountains outside Danville last week.

Brooke Floyd will be released under the previous $50,000 bond paid for the child endangerment and hindering apprehension arrest.

The bodies of the man and child were found Tuesday afternoon in a remote area off Forest Service Rd. 18 near where Mr. Floyd's pickup truck had been found the day before. The YCSO has not revealed any information about how they died.

Authorities have not yet released details about what the Floyd family was doing in the area. Mr. Floyd and his son had been missing for five days before they were found dead.


Update (4:50 p.m.):

YELL COUNTY, AR - A 10-month-old Greenwood boy died of "exposure and abandonment," the Yell County Sheriff's Office revealed Tuesday afternoon after charging his mother with manslaughter.

Brooke Floyd, 21, mother of Harper, and wife of Brian Floyd, 33, whose cause of death has not yet been released, remained free on bond after surrendering to authorities on the new charge.

Floyd has also been charged with hindering apprehension and endangering the welfare of a minor in the case.

Her arrest affidavit provides a detailed explanation of what she says happened to her family in the ordeal that came to a tragic end last week in the Ouachita Mountains outside Danville.

Floyd told deputies she and her husband had taken meth before driving with their son into a remote area off a road where their truck broke down.

The affidavit says Floyd and her husband had been hallucinating and believed they were being attacked by people following behind them and that they had tried to escape.

For more details, see the affidavit.

Original story (1:50 p.m.):
YELL COUNTY, AR - An attorney for Brooke Floyd tells us he is taking the Greenwood woman to the jail in Danville to be booked-in on new charge of one count of manslaughter.

Floyd is the wife and mother of Brian Floyd, 33, and Harper Floyd, 10-months, who were found dead in the Ouachita Mountains outside Danville last week.

We're told that Brooke Floyd, 21, will be released under the previous $50,000 bond paid for the child endangerment and hindering apprehension arrest.

Information from Yell County Sheriff's Office:

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced today that Brooke Sueann Floyd surrendered herself to the Yell County Sheriff's Department Criminal Investigation Division in Danville today, August 5, 2014, and was served an arrest warrant on the charge of Manslaughter stemming from information filed in Yell County Circuit Court by Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum, of the 15th Judicial District of the State of Arkansas.

She was given a 9:00 am, August 7, 2014, court date at Yell County Circuit Court in Danville for plea and arraignment.

She had previously been released on $50,000 bond and through an agreement between the Prosecuting Attorney's Office and her counsel that bond will stand as set previously for the formal charge that has been filed.

She remains free on that bond.


YELL COUNTY, AR - An attorney for Brooke Floyd tells us he will take the Greenwood woman to the jail in Danville to be booked-in on new charge of one count of manslaughter.

Floyd is the wife and mother of Brian Floyd, 33, and Harper Floyd, 10-months, who were found dead in the Ouachita Mountains outside Danville last week.

Brooke Floyd will be released under the previous $50,000 bond paid for the child endangerment and hindering apprehension arrest.

The bodies of the man and child were found Tuesday afternoon in a remote area off Forest Service Rd. 18 near where Mr. Floyd's pickup truck had been found the day before. The YCSO has not revealed any information about how they died.

Authorities have not yet released details about what the Floyd family was doing in the area. Mr. Floyd and his son had been missing for five days before they were found dead.
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