Dacusville Double Murder Update
The day after Pickens County Sheriffs charged 35-year-old Anna Simpson with first-degree murder of her two young children, the Dacusville community's shock is turning quickly into grief.
Counselors were on hand today at Dacusville Elementary School to help the children , which is only a half-mile down the same road as the Simpson home where the tragedy occurred. DES principal Dr. Michael Fleming said there was a "steady stream of children" coming to see the counselors this morning, but that it had calmed down towards the afternoon.
Ashley McCoy-Bruce, a reverend with the United Methodist Church and parent of a 4th-grader at Dacusville Elementary, volunteered her services to help counsel the children Wednesday.
"You would be shocked at how articulate these children are," she said. "They know that your mother is the ultimate trust person because she brought you into the world. It's very upsetting to them that these children were shot, and their father was shot, and that their mother did it. The whole violation of the family unit is something that they don't want to think about, and the ones that are thinking about it are struggling."
Back at the Simpson home--less than a half-mile up the same road as Dacusville Elementary--the investigation into the shootings continues. Neighbors today said they woke up when they heard the pickup truck slam through trees in their front yard at around 5:15am Tuesday morning. One neighbor said she and her father ran to the truck after it had gotten stuck in the ditch and found Anna Simpson, barely conscious, complaining of back pain from the wreck.
They said they called 911 right away, and EMS and Fire Department personnel arrived quickly. But when the neighbors couldn't reach Mr. Simpson on his cell phone, and no one answered repeated knocking at the door of the home, they say they knew something was wrong and called 911 again to request police.
The coroner's office performed autopsies on the two children Wednesday, where we learned that both children died of multiple gunshot wounds. Pickens County Sheriff Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said in a release that exact information on how many gunshot wounds would not be made public until trial.
By Evan Donovan
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