Two Massachusetts women are facing multiple charges after they allegedly tied down and burned a 5-year-old girl in a voodoo ritual.
The girl, whose name has not been released, is permanently disfigured as a result of a ritual that was meant to “rid her of a demon that was making her misbehave,” the Brockton Enterprise reported.
The two East Bridgewater women, identified as Peggy LaBossiere, 51, and Rachel Hilaire, 40, allegedly blew fire over the young girl’s face and cut her arm and collar area with a needlelike object, drawing blood, the girl’s 8-year-old brother told police. The women, who are sisters, according to the Brockton Enterprise, also allegedly poured a substance over the girl’s eyes which caused them to sting.
Additionally, the women allegedly threatened to cut off the young brother’s head with a machete.
The ritual was requested by the girl’s mother, who is of Haitian descent and was LaBossiere’s hair stylist. She has not been charged but is receiving mental health treatment.
The two women pleaded not guilty on Jan. 29 to the charges against them, which include mayhem, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a child with injury, indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, and threatening to commit a crime, according to the paper.
They also denied injuring the girl and threatening her brother.
The sisters will be back in Brockton Superior Court on Wednesday for a hearing to determine whether they’re too dangerous to be released.
The sisters told police that they have performed “cleansing baths” for family and friends in the past, something that involves chanting prayers, rubbing frankincense and eucalyptus oils and sea salt on their bodies, and burning myrrh, the newspaper reported. Children sometimes get burned as spirits leave the body, they said.
The girl suffered a third-degree burn across her face that will leave her permanently disfigured, police said. She was treated at a hospital and taken into custody by state welfare authorities, along with her brother, who described to police what happened at the sisters’ house over multiple days.
Voodoo refers to religious practices developed centuries ago by enslaved Africans in the Caribbean, primarily in Haiti, where the practices are sometimes spelled “vodou.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Its crazy, only a subhuman maniac can believe something like this would make a child behave more. They are doing this to their own children. These people should not be in America.
Someone needs to evaluate this? They lit a 5 year old girl on fire and permanently disfigured her. If the judge wouldn’t invite them into his house for a sleepover then they are too dangerous to be released.
Where would America be without it’s vibrant diversity? Surely they enrich us beyond the levels of our understanding.
But if the judge doesn’t release them how can we celebrate diversity? After all it is black history monfth.
Ah yes, we have this in the UK too - this “multicultural experiment” has really brought dividends - TB and strains of virus our antibiotics cant fight - and the US libtards blamed the POTUS for citing Haiti as a shithouse country. Never a truer word spoken Mr Trump. Trying to assimilate a backward medieval country into a first world country is always going to end in tears. Haiti hasn’t even joined the 18th century yet.
I guess their arrest is the government’s interference with their Freedom of Religion Constitutional Rights.
Medieval is too generous, Barbaric maybe too generous also.
Criminals? I see in these two, the potential to be Professors of Religious Study in Harvard. We truly need more of these people in the shithole country that is the backward U S of A. You all think your flimsy Goddess of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and your brain-rotting A D H D medicines can “rid her of a demon that was making her misbehave” ? Laughable.
And the nutty left wants more numbskulls from Turd-World Counties ?
Aren’t you an immigrant? The people on this forum would be the first to put you in an internment camp. You are siding with the enemy.
Im a legal immigrant, so no, dont project your racism. Also, Im paying for your welfare check so get out there and make America great again.
Firedupdem, it’s about the Criminal Conduct of these women. It wouldn’t matter what country they come from, this behavior would still be Barbaric.Being a Dem is bad enough but to say superhey is siding with the enemy is Ludicrous. Supporting HRC is Siding with the Enemy .
It goes to show the racism of lower expectation from democrats. “You are an immigrant, so you should be put in an internment camp if republicans have their ways”, the projection is real, smh.