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Police: Northern York County mom left ligature marks, bruises on son's neck

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
Brittany Rose Simpson

A Fairview Township woman who is allowed only supervised contact with three of her four children is now charged with felony child endangerment for allegedly leaving ligature marks on her 4-year-old son's neck, police said.

Brittany Rose Simpson, 26, of the 1100 block of Highland Drive, remains in York County Prison on $25,000 bail, charged with felony child endangerment and the misdemeanor of simple assault.

She was arraigned Sunday at the county's central booking unit, court records state; her preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 18 before District Judge Scott Gross.

According to charging documents filed by Fairview Township Police, a worker with the York County Office of Children, Youth and Families told township Sgt. Michael Bennage that Simpson's 4-year-old son was treated at York Hospital for ligature marks and bruising around his neck.

Simpson and her youngest child, a 10-month-old, live with the child's father on Highland Drive, documents state.

"Due to past incidents and concerns Brittany is only allowed to have supervised visitation" with her three older children, who have a different father, according to charging documents. Her live-in partner is supposed to supervise that visitation, police said.

Jump rope: During the three older children's visit to their mother's home on Saturday, the 4-year-old put a jump rope around the neck of his 10-month-old half-sibling, documents state.

Brittany Rose Simpson

In response, Simpson wrapped the jump rope around the 4-year-old's neck "and tightened it to the point she caused ligature marks and bruising," and also slapped the boy's face, according to charging documents.

It happened sometime between 9 a.m. and noon Saturday, documents state.

Simpson then called the father of her older three children and told him to come pick them up, according to police allegations.

The child-services employee provided police with photos that clearly show the bruising and ligature marks on the child's neck, documents state.

Bennage, another township police officer and the child-services worker went to Simpson's home to speak with her, and she admitted to slapping the boy, placing the jump rope around his neck and "slightly squeezing it," charging documents allege.

It is unclear if she's retained an attorney.

Simpson pleaded guilty in June 2019 to misdemeanor animal cruelty, according to York County court records. She was sentenced to two years' probation and ordered to submit to a mental-health evaluation and perform 15 hours of community service, records state.

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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