Police spokesman Sgt. John Quigley said Thursday that nothing in the death of Quimani Carey was linked “to how an exorcism is done in Catholicism or in any religion as we know it.”
Christopher Carey, 29, and Valerie Carey, 27, who are believed to be the girl’s parents, have been charged with murder.
The child’s body was discovered after the Careys were seen outdoors nude in near-freezing temperatures with a 7-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy. Information from the older child led detectives to a motel room, where they found Quimani strangled, stabbed, beaten and covered in Bible pages, Quigley said.
Statements from the Careys indicated they had been “undemonizing the child” in some way, Quigley said. But he said there was no evidence of such activity.
Quigley said that when the couple was found without clothing, “they told the officer they’re doing this because God told them to.”
The family was believed to have stayed at the motel for an extended period. Police haven’t found that Christopher Carey belonged to a church or religious following.
Christopher Carey was being held in Fulton County Jail and Valerie Carey was at a hospital psychiatric ward, spokesman Lt. Clarence Huber said Thursday. The two other children were placed with social workers.
A hearing for Christopher Carey is scheduled Feb. 3.