LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Ten-month-old Harper Floyd was reportedly found dead in the woods along with his father last week. Now, the child's mother is facing a manslaughter charge in his death.
Here are the details from the affidavit released by the Yell County Circuit Court:
The affidavit said Brooke Floyd, 21, was found wandering alone barefoot Friday, July 25 on a remote road in the Ouachita National Forest with multiple cuts and bruises on her arms and legs.
Brooke reportedly told authorities at the scene that she and her husband Brian had left their home in Greenwood with their 10-month-old around 1 a.m. that morning because "they were afraid of people around their house trying to harm them", and that she believed they were being followed by several different vehicles. She said that she and Brian drove to a wooded area and were attacked by several people. Later in their conversation, the affidavit states that she changed the time and said they had left their home between noon and 1 p.m. the day before.
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The affidavit states that Brooke's story kept changing and she was initially rambling and incoherent during her interview. It also states, "She did not show any emotion and did not appear to be frantic or even openly concerned about the baby's well-being."
After this initial conversation, a large-scale search effort was started in the area where Brooke was found. Several agencies from the area and statewide assisted.
The affidavit states that Brooke was interviewed several more times by investigators with the Sheriff's Office, FBI, and the U.S. Forest Service and she "gave wildly varied accounts of that night and next morning, and gave very little information regarding the location of the truck or whereabouts of her husband and child."
During this time, the affidavit states family told investigators that Brian Floyd had purchased a firearm earlier in the week because he was "afraid of people that he believed were out to get him." The family told investigators that Brian had been in the Sebastian County Jail July 21 for a false alarm claiming people were in his house trying to kill him.
On Monday, July 28, after investigators gave Brooke Floyd time to rest and "become more lucid", the affidavit states that she told investigators that she and Brian had been on meth and that she "knows not that much of what she had described about their having been chased and attacked was not real". She believed they were having a shared hallucination experience.
The affidavit details that she went on to say they were seeing lights, people, and other hallucinations, and that when she thought she was being attacked by other people, she said it was actually her and Brian fighting each other.
In the affidavit, it states that these hallucinations continued throughout the night, and the next morning Brooke told investigators that Brian and Harper seemed fine, so she decided to walk for help. When asked why she didn't take the baby with her, she said he was scratched pretty badly from the night before and didn't want him to get hurt again.
Later that day, the affidavit states investigators found the truck off a Forest Service road in an extremely remote area in Yell County. Inside the truck, officers found a magazine with several rounds matching the type of gun Brian bought, as well as a car seat in the back, not strapped in. The search was stopped until the next day due to darkness.
The affidavit states that ground searches started again the next morning, and cadaver dog teams with armed escorts located the backpacks and the contents of a diaper bag about 153 yards north/northwest of the truck. They didn't find the gun or the actual diaper bag.
At approximately 1:50 p.m. on July 29, searchers from the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement reportedly found the body of Harper Floyd 0.57 miles from where the truck was found. At 3:20 p.m. that day, the body of Brian Floyd was found 0.13 miles from where Harper was found, and 0.52 miles northeast of where the truck was found. Both were recovered and sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner for autopsy.
On Thursday, July 31 the preliminary autopsy results were released to officials. The affidavit states the cause of death of Harper Alexander Floyd was "Exposure and Abandonment" with the manner of death listed as "Homicide". The cause and manner of death for Brian Floyd are still pending, awaiting the results of toxicology tests.
On Tuesday, August 5, a warrant was issued for Brooke Floyd's arrest. She is said to have turned herself in, and is facing a manslaughter charge in the death of 10-month-old Harper.