Manslaughter Charge in Arkansas Missing Persons Case

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The bodies of an Arkansas man and his 10-month-old son were discovered in a remote area of the Ouachita Mountains on July 29, concluding a four-day search. Now the mother of the infant has been charged with manslaughter.

Brian Floyd, 33, and his son Harper Floyd were last seen on the morning of July 25 with Brooke Floyd. Brooke was found hours later, walking alone down a rural road in the area, which is situated roughly 80 miles west of Little Rock. Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey commented that Floyd appeared to be “cut up and scarred as if she had been in a wooded area.”

Floyd was initially detained on the charge of endangering the welfare of a minor, as she was uncooperative regarding the search effort for her husband and child. Her bond was set at $50,000, and she was able to make bail.

Upon further investigation, it was revealed that the Floyd couple had both been hallucinating after ingesting methamphetamine, and believed that they were being chased. Capt. John Foster Jr. wrote in an affidavit, "I asked her if she was taking any medication because she appeared to be hallucinating many of the events she described." Floyd explained that she added anti-seizure medication to the meth.

Floyd added that her story was an amalgam of mutual hallucinations she and her husband were experiencing. Foster Jr. commented, "She seemed to be indicating that they would tell each other what they were seeing or experiencing as they were hallucinating and then the other would believe they also saw or experienced the same thing."

Preliminary autopsy reports indicate that infant Harper died of "exposure and abandonment." The cause of the Brian Floyd's death is awaiting toxicology results.

Floyd's lawyer, Bill James, said he does not believe she is guilty. Floyd is set to appear in a Danville, Arkansas court on Thursday.

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