Update: Greenwood Baby Died of Exposure, Abandonment in Yell Co., Mom Charged with Manslaughter


Update (4:45 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 attached affidavit.

Original story (1:45 p.m.):
YELL COUNTY, AR – An attorney for a 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.

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