BRYSON CITY – The family of a man accused of breaking the legs of his 4-month-old twin sons because they got on his nerves says he isn't a violent person and was a good father to his older daughter.
David Lee Simpson, 28, of Smoky Mountain Court Apt. 8, Bryson City, is charged with two counts of felony child abuse.
An investigator said Friday that the boys had broken legs and broken toes. One had a fractured skull, and the other a concussion. One child's rib was pulled away from his rib cage, and both had severe bruising under their arms.
“It just doesn't seem like David,” said his mother Laurie Simpson, who lives in Missouri, where David Simpson is from. “It ain't the David that I know.”
His father, Cliff Simpson, agreed. He said his son was would rather walk away from a fight than hit someone else. “It's not him,” he said. “It is not his characteristic to hurt people.”
He said his son was never violent with his 8-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. The girl lives with her grandparents in Missouri. He was arrested after a doctor at Mission Hospitals in Asheville alerted social workers to severe injuries to his children.
She said the case is the worst one of abuse she has seen in 16 years in law enforcement. Hyatt questioned Simpson about the attacks.
“He said the abuse was because that he felt that he had to baby-sit every weekend with these children and they would cry and get on his nerves,” she said. “That was his explanation of it.”
Hyatt said the twins are living with their mother's family. They are expected to recover, she said. The abuse appears to have happened over a period of several weeks, Hyatt said.