AR Teen Charged With Abuse Of Corpse Released On Own Recognizance

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(St. Francis County, AR) The attorney for an 18-year-old Arkansas high school student accused of leaving her stillborn child in a closet says she made a mistake, but it wasn't a criminal act.

Rebekah Simpson faced a judge in St Francis County District Court Wednesday afternoon.

She's charged with abusing a corpse, but was released on her own recognizance.

Flanked by her attorneys, Simpson showed no emotion Wednesday in St. Francis County District Court.

District Court Judge Steve Routon released Simpson on her own recognizance.

Attorney Mike Easley is representing Rebekah Simpson.

"Everybody recognizes she's not a flight risk. And she's an honor student and graduated high school last night and just made a bad decision at a very difficult time in her life," said Attorney Mike Easley.

Simpson was charged with abuse of corpse after deputies say she hid the body of her stillborn child in a closet at her home and then went to school.

St. Francis County Sheriff Bobby May said his department began investigating after Simpson went to the emergency room at the hospital in Forrest City.

She was bleeding and at first denied having a baby until she was examined.

Sheriff May said deputies made the grim discovery at the girl's home.

"The baby was born dead. Now that's not to say that if she had had proper medical supervision having this baby, the baby may have lived. We'll never know that," said Sheriff May.

News of what Simpson is accused of doing angered one neighbor, who didn't want to be identified.

"It's a lowdown person, to do a baby like that. And justice needs to be done to her like they done to baby," said the neighbor.

Easley said when all the facts are known, this is not a criminal case.

"It's a case of a scared little girl who didn't notify the police immediately. And that's all there is to it, " said Easley.

Rebekah Simpson is scheduled to be in St. Francis County Circuit Court on September 23rd.


    • langor1

      Get help, or perhaps you’d be happier in that bastion of freedom and civilization called Africa.

    • The Real Nonya

      We supply your kind with drugs, guns, sport-bikes and free abortion to keep the population in check.

      As for this poor girl, it isn’t like she’s black or anything.

  • james

    yes it was a criminal act you did and you should be charged with can’t get much lower than that

  • NoMoreMTown

    I love how she’s just “a scared little girl that made a mistake”. Had she been Black, this would have played out totally different..and so would these comments

    • Joe

      Her attorney said that, not the judge. Any attorney will defend their client, regardless of the client being white, black, red, blue, green, polka-dotted, or whatever.

      I think you just made those ignorant comments to get a rise out of some people, not because you truly are quite so stupid. It takes a truly idiotic person who obviously has no real job, to blame race about everything.

  • Been there done that

    I agree if it were a black girl she would be buried in a jail cell, but oh no she’s first of all white smart, graduated …….. get it that doesn’t make it right at all period. She didnt get the appropriate care during pregnancy, didnt tell anybody, and who in the heck delivers a baby on their own in there house that’s nasty……….. Had she got the proper care and had a professional to deliver the baby it would have lived the cord probably killed the baby because she delivered it on her own. I hope this hunts her for the rest of her life !!!!!!!!

    • Jay

      What in God’s name is wrong with you to say something like that last sentence?
      Also, no the baby most likely wouldn’t have lived. It was born very premature, and doctors said it had an abnormally elongated skull. Between premature birth and at least one (visible) birth defect, it most likely wouldn’t have survived. Furthermore, I’m sure the professionals preforming the autopsy can tell the difference between stillborn and being choked by the umbilical cord.

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