Grandmom: Toddler Murdered By Cult Members

PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) — A Baltimore grandmother claims cult members murdered her grandson and left his body inside a shed in South Philadelphia.

For two years, Seeta Newton desperately pleaded for help. She begged media and social service agencies to save her daughter and infant grandson who were being held by a cult.

On Monday, her worst fears were realized when her beloved grandson, Javon, was found murdered and stuffed in a suitcase inside a South Philadelphia home.

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Newton believes her grandson was murdered at a cult ceremony.

“They told him to say Amen after the grace and he couldn’t say it or wouldn’t say it and she took the food away from him and she beat him,” Newton said. “She ordered nobody feed him because he had a demon in him.”

Newton claims the cult, working from a home in Baltimore, brainwashed her daughter, keeping mom and baby virtual prisoners.

“He passed out, the cult leader took him from my daughter and said that he was going to be OK, she was taking care of him and praying for him and he was going to come back,” Newton said.

Inside the Robinson Street cult headquarters, Newton said there were bizarre rituals including members referring to themselves as king, queen and prince.

“They smoked marijuana and the cult leader pretend to be kissing the baby and she blew the marijuana smoke in his mouth,” Newton explained.

Newton said the cult members are long gone from their home. And, while they’re not charged with any crimes, she holds them responsible for murdering her grandson.

“I’m angry, I’m really angry, I’m so angry and I want to watch them suffer the same way they made my little baby suffer,” Newton said.

Officially, police are not commenting on any possible cult connection.

Investigators do believe Javon was murdered in Baltimore, and brought to South Philadelphia.

The homeowner of the South Philadelphia row home is not under investigation.

For now, the cult members remain free and whether they will be questioned or ultimately charged with any crimes remains to be seen.

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