As her 9-month-old baby fights to live, a Camdenton mother stands accused of attempting to kill her own child. Blood, a knife, demonic possession, a baby and a mother make up the key parts of a chilling police report that led to the arrest of Bradie R. Simpson, 40.
Simpson is charged with first degree assault and armed criminal action, both felonies, for cutting the throat and wrist of her 9-month-old child.
Camden County deputies went to Simpson's mobile home on Dry Ridge Road at 12:26 a.m. Saturday for their second visit in approximately two and a half hours. 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 found that the neighbor was alive and well.
Two and a half hours later, Simpson's son called the sheriff's office to report that he had found blood on a bed and a bloodied knife in the mobile home kitchen. He reported his mother and the baby were missing.
After searching for an hour and a half, deputies found Simpson sitting in the woods approximately 225 feet from the home at 4:00 a.m. A deputy saw that the baby had been cut across the throat and that it was unresponsive. The deputy immediately took the baby from Simpson's arms and called for medical help.
Deputies noticed that Simpson also had a laceration on her neck, and she was taken to the road near the mobile home for medical attention. Both Simpson and the baby needed what Camden County Det. John R. Stephens described as "emergency life-saving treatment." The baby underwent emergency surgery and is considered to be in critical condition.
Detectives have not disclosed whether Simpson remains hospitalized or has been taken to the Camden County jail. Her bond is set at $200,000 cash and $500,000 surety. She will not be allowed contact with the baby as her case proceeds. Stephens wrote in the statement of probable cause against Simpson that deputies found two metal spoons and a plastic bag in Simpson's bedroom. The spoons and bag contained a residue that field tested as the illicit drug heroin.
Approximately three months prior to the bloody discovery on the gravel road due east of Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Simpson warned a pastor that she might kill her baby. On Oct. 20, Simpson allegedly handed her baby to the pastor of the Camdenton church and told him that she was possessed and in fear that she might kill the baby.