A Camdenton mother accused of attempting to kill herself and her 9-month-old infant in the woods near their house has recovered enough to begin court proceedings. A hearing has been scheduled for Monday, April 30, for 39-year-old Bradie R. Simpson. The hearing will determine if the parties are ready to move forward with a preliminary hearing.
Simpson was arraigned in late February for charges of first degree assault and armed criminal action, both felonies, for a dramatic scene that played out the night of Friday, Feb. 3.
Camden County deputies responded to Simpson's residence around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. It was the second time they were called to the mobile home located on Dry Ridge Road that night.
Simpson called the sheriff's office two-and-a-half hours earlier to report that someone attempted to burglarize her home and that her neighbor had shot himself. Deputies found no signs of attempted burglary and that the neighbor was alive and well.
When deputies returned, it was at the request of Simpson's son. He called to report his mother and baby sister were missing, and that he found blood on a bed and a bloodied knife in the mobile home's kitchen.
Searchers scoured the area for more than an hour-and-a-half before they found Simpson sitting against a tree approximately 225 feet away from the home holding her daughter. The infant had been cut across the throat and wrists and was unresponsive, according to a probable cause statement filed by Camden County Detective John Stephens.
Stephens took the infant from Simpson and immediately called for medical attention.
Simpson also had a laceration on her neck.
Stephens described the two as needing "emergency life-saving treatment." The baby underwent emergency surgery and was released into protective custody a week after the incident.
Simpson was hospitalized under the watch of Camden County deputies until she was well enough to be booked on charges of first degree assault and armed criminal action. Her bond has been set at $200,000 cash bond or $500,000 surety.
Simpson is being represented by Public Defender Fawzy Simon, out of Lebanon.