Cops: Parents tried to exorcise teen’s ‘demons’

EDGEWATER – – Authorities were investigating an unusual case after police found the daughter of an Edgewater city councilwoman screaming, bruised and claiming her parents tried to perform an exorcism on her, according to police papers released Friday.

Danielle Rogers’ shirt and bra were partially torn off and she was covered in olive oil after the incident, which took place June 27 about 8 p.m.

The incident unfolded after the 18-year-old woman swore at her twin sister Christina, and her father Daniel threatened to shoot one of Danielle’s friends.

“We need to get the demons out of her,” Daniel, 47, said to his wife, Debra Rogers, 46, councilwoman in the Volusia county city. “Go get the oil,” he said to Christina, the papers claim.

He poured it over Danielle’s head, while his wife and other daughter held the teen’s arms. Her clothes were torn in the struggle.

Debra and Daniel Rogers said they were trying to anoint their daughter with oil when she “went crazy,” flailed about and spilled the oil. They did not touch Danielle, except for a loving “bear hug,” they told investigators.

Daniel Rogers accused police officers of wanting to have sex with his daughter.

When Danielle returned under police supervision to gather her belongings, Debra Rogers complained that the Police Department’s victims’ advocate was the “devil’s advocate,” and complained she had put too many ideas in Danielle’s head about her rights as an adult.

Investigators recommended the State Attorney’s Office charge Debra and Daniel Rogers with battery and false imprisonment. No decision had been made Friday night.

A call to Rogers late Friday was not returned.


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, Orlando Sentinel, July 14, 2007,

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