YELL COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – Last week, a 10-month-old baby and his father were found dead in the woods after an extensive search. Now, the baby's mother is facing a manslaughter charge.
The baby, Harper Alexander Floyd, and his father, 33-year-old Brian Allen Floyd, were found dead in a wooded area in Yell County on Tuesday, July 29 around 1:50 p.m. by U.S. Forest Service Investigators.
According to Yell County authorities, the father and son were last seen in the Ouachita Mountains area south of Blue Mountain Lake. The truck they were believed to be traveling in was found three days after their disappearance in a remote and treacherous area off Forest Road 18.
Two days before the two were found dead, wife and mother Brooke Sueann Floyd, 21, was reportedly arrested for felony endangering the welfare of a minor and hindering apprehension or prosecution. The sheriff's office confirmed on Wednesday, July 30, that she had bonded out of jail on $50,000.
Tuesday Aug. 5, the Yell County Circuit Court released paperwork stating an arrest warrant had been issued for Brooke Floyd with the charge of manslaughter in the death of her son Harper. She has since turned herself in, according to the Capt. Foster with the Yell Co. Sheriff's Department.
- Affidavit Info: Details leading to Brooke Floyd's arrest http://on.kthv.com/1s8ZQX7
Prior to the warrant being issued, the Southwest Times Record reported (http://bit.ly/1nMtFd1) on Thursday, July 31 that Brooke Floyd's attorney, Bill James, said she wasn't a suspect in the deaths. He also said that no other charges had been filed against her.
In the arrest affidavit, it states preliminary autopsy results in the cause of death for Harper was "exposure and abandonment" with the manner of death listed as homicide. The cause and manner of death for Brian Floyd is still pending, awaiting the results of toxicology tests.
Police said Brooke Floyd was found wandering alone last week on a remote road. They said she initially didn't help with the search effort and was arrested Saturday on the child endangerment complaint.
No Amber Alert had been issued during the search for Harper, because according to the Yell County Sheriff's Office, the situation did not meet the criteria.