Malaysian toddler dies in ‘exorcism’: police

Exorcism A three-year-old girl was apparently smothered to death by eight people during an exorcism ritual in Malaysia on Sunday night.

The toddler died after being pinned down by her parents, relatives and the family maid with their bodies during a ritual ostensibly to chase away evil spirits in the family.

Conviction upheld in ‘exorcism’ torture death of 13-month-old girl

Blaine Milam The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the conviction of a man found guilty in the 2008 beating death of his girlfriend’s 13-month-old daughter, Amora Bain Carson.

The child was beaten with a hammer, sexually assaulted, and bitten more than 20 times.

Belgium court charges six people in deadly exorcism of Muslim woman

Latifa Hachmi A court in Brussels opened the trial of six people charged in connection with the 2004 murder of a young Muslim woman in a deadly act of exorcism, a practice of evicting demons or other spiritual entities from a person believed to be possessed.

The woman was reportedly deceived into believing that she could not have children because she was possessed and that she had to undergo a practice of exorcism.

Court affirms rejection of insanity defense in “exorcism” murder

Latisha Lawson The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld a jury’s rejection of an insanity defense in the case of a woman who suffocated her 3-year-old son by forcing him to drink oil and vinegar because he was possessed by a demon.

In June 2011 Latisha Lawson was sentenced to 62 years in prison.

Centre for Inquiry calls for inquiry after report that church is looking for an exorcist

Center For Inquiry An organization which promotes scientific, critical and skeptical thinking is calling for an inquiry to learn just how prevalent exorcisms are in Canada after a news report last week said a church in Saskatoon, Canada, is actively seeking an exorcist.

Church officials says no exorcism took place, and a bishop stated the church recognizes the importance of psychology and medicine to assist those struggling with mental illness.

Court frees ‘exorcized’ teen girl’s parents

Sweden The father and step-mother of a 14-year-old girl from western Sweden, charged with repeatedly beating and burning the girl because they “thought she was a witch”, were freed of all charges on Tuesday.

The court concluded that the girl’s story wasn’t strong enough to convict the charged four against their “not guilty” plea.

Saskatoon church leaders looking for trained exorcist after man ‘possessed’ by the devil

exorcism A perceived demonic possession in Saskatoon has caught the Catholic Church there off guard since it has no one trained to perform an exorcism.

Bishop Don Bolen said it was not clear if the Saskatoon man was possessed or experiencing a mental breakdown.

Swedish town rocked by second child exorcism

exorcism Another teenage girl in Borås, western Sweden, has been subjected to physical abuse such as kicks, beatings and electric shocks, as her parents tried to exorcise her from evil spirits.

The parents are reportedly connected to The River, a controversial church.

Three girls led by ‘foremost expert on cults’ claim to cast out demons

Bob Larson exorcism girls Under the guidance of Bob Larson, who claims to be “the world’s foremost expert on cults, the occult, and supernatural phenomena,” three girls ‘cast out demons’ — for a price.

ABC Nightline says there are very serious questions about the safety and morality of what the girls are doing for others, especially those who might need mental health care.

Doctors warn that exorcisms reinforce delusions

Exorcism The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has warned about the alarming rise in the number of exorcism attempts in Australia – some on children as young as two.

Dr Choong-Siew Yong, who represents psychiatry on the AMA’s Federal Council, says saying someone was possessed could reinforce their delusions and stop them getting proper care.

More psychological tests for mother who killed 3-year-old in exorcism

Dora Tejada A woman in Nantucket, Massachusetts, accused of killing her 3-year-old daughter last spring in an alleged exorcism attempt will undergo more psychological evaluation to determine her responsibility for the act.

In a hearing last month a judge found Tejada competent to stand trial.

Suspects in gruesome ‘exorcism’ murder out on bail

court Family members of a South African teenager killed in a gruesome ‘exorcism’ have expressed shock that bail has been granted to the five people accused of her murder.

The girl was tortured for three days and then brutally murdered by having her intestines ripped out.

Girl dies after exorcism attempt

exorcism A teenager in the South African town of Umlazi, accused by relatives of being possessed by demons, was tortured for three days and then brutally murdered.

Witchcraft murder couple jailed for life

Eric Bikubi and Magalie Bamu A couple convicted for torturing and murdering a 15-year-old boy they accused of using witchcraft have been jailed for life.

Football coach Eric Bikubi, 28, has been ordered to serve at least 30 years. His partner, Magalie Bamu, 29, will serve a minimum of 25 years.

Couple guilty of horrific ‘witchcraft exorcism’ murder

Eric Bikubi and Magalie Bamu A couple have been found guilty of murdering a teenager they had accused of using witchcraft.

After days of ‘feral’ torture Kristy Bamu drowned in a bath on Christmas Day in 2010, during torture to produce exorcism, an Old Bailey jury heard.

Parents charged for ‘exorcizing’ teen girl

The father and step-mother of a 14-year-old girl from western Sweden were charged on Friday with repeatedly beating and burning the girl because they “thought she was a witch”, according to the prosecutor.

Dead children of faith healing pastor and his wife had been beaten, starved

faith healing Police in South Korea arrested a pastor and his wife Saturday after three of their four children were found dead.

The couple has been detained on suspicions of assaulting and starving their children to death

Mother accused of killing child in exorcism ruled fit for trial

Dora Tejada A woman in Nantucket, Massachusetts, accused of killing her 3-year-old daughter in an alleged exorcism attempt is competent to stand trial, according to a finding in Barnstable Superior Court on Thursday.

Dora Alicia Tejada Pleitez, 26, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Nicole Garcia.

Parents held for ‘forcing demons’ from daughter

Exorcism was the motivation for repeated attacks against a 14 year-old girl from western Sweden who was regularly beaten and burned by her father and stepmother, who wanted to rid the girl of “evil spirits”, prosecutors allege.

The girl may have been beaten and burned over a long period of time in order to drive out demons.
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