PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. – A neighbor says “something is not right” in 911 calls that were released Thursday afternoon in the case in which police say a woman fatally shot her young children and severely injured her husband in Pickens County.
According to the Pickens County Sheriff's Office, Suzanna “Anna” Brown Simpson is charged in connection with the deaths of her 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.
She's also accused of shooting her husband Michael John Simpson before she left their home and then crashed a pickup truck near their home.
Three 911 calls reveal that a neighbor had his suspicions about the incident very quickly after Suzanna Brown was found in a crashed truck, which is what first sparked police interest in the killings.
The calls were released and placed on the Greenville Times website and are of 3 people who called to report Suzanna Simpson in a crash.
One neighbor however, has other concerns, too.
“Is there a policeman that's going to come out here because something's not right,” a caller told 911, pointing out that he couldn't get anyone else at Suzanne Simpson's house to come to the front door.
Police believe she killed the children and shot her husband before crashing the truck.
Both Suzanna and Michael are in the hospital. She is listed in serious condition, while her husband is listed as critical.
The other 911 calls describe the wreck scene and the condition of Suzanne Simpson, who was in a ditch and barely alert.
The Pickens County Sheriff's Office released a statement Wednesday, saying that they would not be going into detail about how many times the children were shot, or the conditions of their bodies, pending a trial in the case.
Neighbors tell WSPA that Simpson was a very involved mom, and was “always” with her children. “We just saw them a few days having a family picnic in the yard for Mother's Day,” says Alex Dillard. “She was constantly with her children.”
Meanwhile, shaken community members drove by the family home Wednesday, some dropping off signs of support. Cynthia Howell, whose son was in the same class as Sawyer Simpson, laid a balloon in the family yard to remember the child. “It's just so sad,” Howell says. “My son said yesterday was a really hard day.”
Pickens County School District Officials tell WSPA that grief counselors are available to students and staff at Dacusville Elementary School following the deaths of two students. Parents who have children in the same classrooms as the Simpson children have been contacted.
It all started when authorities found one person injured in a wreck in Pickens County around 5:30 a.m. That person was taken to the hospital.
The vehicle that was involved was registered to an address on Cherokee Trail in the Dacusville community. When police went to the home, they found the two kids dead.
They have been identified as Carly Ashelyn Simpson, 7, and Sawyer Russell Simpson, 5. Both were students at Dacusville Elementary School.
Officials describe Suzanna Simpson as a “model parent” who volunteered with the PTA.
The School District of Pickens County released a statement concerning the deaths of the students.
“Dacusville Elementary is deeply saddened by the loss of two of our children, Carly and Sawyer Simpson,” Principal Dr. Michael Fleming stated in the release. “Both students were very special to the faculty, staff, and children of our school. Carly had a beautiful smile that brightened everyone's day. Sawyer's excitement for learning was contagious. Our heartfelt condolences go to the family.”
Her husband, Michael, is in critical condition, according to the hospital.
The State Law Enforcement Division has sent two crime investigation units to assist the Pickens County Sheriff's Office. The investigation continues.