Three and a half hours later, and after searching several acres of woods, officers found the mother and baby lying on the ground, the baby girl covered in her own blood. Her throad had been cut, and deputies first thought she was dead. "The baby raised it's head, indicated it was still alive. A deputy immediately snatched it up, applied pressure to it, covered it up and ran back to the ambulance with it," says Franklin.
The little girl went through emergency surgery and is still holding on. "It's a miracle it's alive. I think God had something to do with that," Franklin says.
A few months ago, perhaps a warning; Bradie Simpson drove to the First Baptist Church of Camdenton, parked very close to the building and ran in the front doors, with her baby in her arms. "She came running in, yelling take my baby, take my baby!" says Pastor Bob AuBuchon.
Pastor AuBuchon had never seen Bradie Simpson until that day. "I kind of stood up and stepped here. She more or less just tossed her baby into my arms and said, tie me down! Tie me up! And said Possession! Possession!" AuBuchon says.
AuBuchon says Simpson threw herself against the wall, yelled for a priest, and finally explained what she meant. "Then she kind of hit her chest a couple times and said- I'm being possessed; I'm being demon possessed- and about that time, she put her hand over her mouth and wouldn't say anything else," AuBuchon says.
Aubuchon says Simpson actually wrote on a piece of paper, "Do not let me harm the baby." He prayed with her and quoted scripture, but when she snatched the baby back and tried to leave, the church called 911.
"It makes you wonder, did I do enough?" Aubuchon says. Simpson's baby went with the Missouri Division of Family Services that October day. Now, a community is saddened, but thankful the little girl is alive. "Of course our concern is for the baby, but our concern is also for the spiritual welfare of the mother and those things, for her, so we're definitely praying in both regards," says AuBuchon.
The pastor says he was supposed to appear in court to testify about the occurrence at his church, but DFS called the day before, saying things had been settled and Simpson was receiving treatment.
In a search of Simpson's house, investigators found heroin. She too is hospitalized, suffering from a cut to the throat.
A search of Missouri court records shows one criminal charge in Simpson's past; possession of marijuana in 2005