(Forrest City, AR) A Palestine High School senior, who was charged today with abuse of a corpse, will graduate Tuesday.
Rebekah Simpson, 18, was charged after her stillborn baby, wrapped in a blanket, was found after being left in a closet overnight.
Bond was posted for Simpson and she was released and will graduate Tuesday.
Simpson will go before a judge Wednesday to see if she will need to be held in jail.
Sheriff Bobby May said Simpson showed up at the ER bleeding last week, but kept insisting she had not given birth at home.
May said doctors found that to be a lie, and after finding the baby, learned even more.
“The baby was born dead, that’s not to say if she had proper medical supervision the baby might have lived,” said Sheriff May.
Simpson’s mother is an animal control officer for a neighboring police department.
The sheriff said all eyes are on this family, and questioned why no one apparently sought help.
“Someone had to know and certainly she knew. We’re not through investing this crime yet, and it is a crime,” said May. More charges could be filed, according to the sheriff.