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Greenwood Woman Charged With Manslaughter In Son’s Death

FORT SMITH — A Greenwood woman whose husband and son were found dead in the Ouachita Mountains surrendered on Tuesday to the Yell County Sheriff’s Department, where she was served an arrest warrant for suspected manslaughter.

Brooke Floyd, 21, was charged with one count of felony manslaughter stemming from the death of her 10-month-old son, Harper Floyd, according to documents from Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum II in Yell County Circuit Court.

Brooke Floyd waived formal arraignment, and her defense attorney, Bill James of the James Law Firm in Little Rock, has entered a plea of not guilty on her behalf.

Floyd was released from jail on a $50,000 bond last month. She had been arrested on a preliminary charge of suspicion of endangering a minor’s welfare and hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Through an agreement between the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and Floyd’s counsel, the $50,000 bond stood for the formal charge of manslaughter filed Tuesday. She remains free on that bond, according to Capt. John Foster, chief deputy at the Yell County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities found the bodies of Harper Floyd and 33-year-old Brian Floyd, who was Harper’s father and Brooke Floyd’s husband, on July 29 near Blue Mountain Lake after a four-day search.

Preliminary autopsy reports classified Harper Floyd’s cause of death as “exposure and abandonment,” with the manner of death as homicide. The cause and manner of death for Brian Floyd are pending, awaiting the results of toxicology tests, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Manslaughter applies when a person has recklessly caused the death of another person.

Authorities said Brooke Floyd was found last month wandering alone on a remote road. They said she did not initially help with the search effort.

Funeral services were held over the weekend for Brian Floyd at the Community Bible Church in Fort Smith. A separate service was scheduled for Harper Floyd. Officials said Brooke Floyd requested the services be separate, The Associated Press reported.