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  • Defense questions moms ability to stand trial

  • The trial of a woman accused slashing her infant's throat and wrists has been postponed to give the defense time to have her evaluated.
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  • The trial of a woman accused slashing her infant's throat and wrists has been postponed to give the defense time to have her evaluated.
    The defense is now questioning the mental competency of Bradie R. Simpson.
    Simpson's trial was scheduled to get underway this week on a change of venue to Morgan County from Camden County. A last minute move by the defense has delayed the trial until she is evaluated. No new date has been set for the trial.
    Simpson was arrested in Feb. 2012 and charged with first degree assault and armed criminal action for the attack on her infant. She is being held on $200,000 cash or $500,000 bond.
    The charges were originally filed in Camden County. The case was later transferred to Morgan County.
    The charges stem from 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. It was the second time they were called to the mobile home located on Dry Ridge Road that night.
    Simpson had placed an earlier call to the sheriff's department to report that someone had attempted to burglarize her home and her neighbor had shot himself. Deputies found no signs of attempted burglary and 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. He told the sheriff's department he had 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.
    According to a probable cause statement filed by Deputy John Stephens, the infant had been cut across the throat and wrists. The infant was unresponsive when Stephens approached Simpson, who also had what appeared to be a self-inflicted wound 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 deputies until she was well enough to be booked on charges of first degree assault and armed criminal action. Simpson is being represented by a public defender.
    Several months before the incident, Simpson had told a pastor that she was worried she was going to harm her child. She had made references to demons.
     
     

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