A woman accused of killing her 3-year-old daughter earlier this week believed God had instructed her to stick a rose in the young girl’s throat to ward off the devil, according to documents filed in Nantucket, Massachusetts District Court.
Dora Alicia Tejada Pleitez, 26, of 13B Pine Tree Road was held without bail pending a mental competency hearing following her arraignment Tuesday on a murder charge. [...]
The police were called to the family’s home at about 12:40 p.m. Monday, according to a six-page narrative describing police interviews in the investigation.
Officers found Pleitez’s daughter, Nicole Garcia, lying on a table inside the home and attempted to resuscitate her until paramedics arrived.
The girl was taken to Nantucket Cottage Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at about 1:18 p.m.
During an interview shortly after Garcia’s death, Pleitez, who is originally from El Salvador, began singing and praying, telling investigators through a Spanish interpreter that the Holy Spirit could speak through her.
Pleitz inititally told police she woke up with people in the home asking whether anyone had hurt her daughter. Her story unraveled as the police interviewed other family members.
The woman was taken to a hospital for medical attention.
During her treatment, Pleitez said she stuck a rose down her daughter’s throat because God told her to, according to a police officer stationed at the hospital who reported overhearing a conversation between Pleitez and her translator.
She put the rose in her daughter’s throat because demons were inside the girl, according to the translation, the officer said. Pink roses and rose petals were found on the floor of the home’s living room, according to the police.
Pleitez’ son may also have been in danger.
Through the translator, Pleitez said she had “thought about fighting the demons out of both children and that at one point had a child in each arm.”
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