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Five-year-old girl burnt in voodoo ritual, two charged

Police said the girl suffered a third-degree face burn and has been taken into state custody.

world Updated: Feb 03, 2018 22:52 IST
Associated Press, Massachusetts

Two sisters are facing assault charges after the police said they disfigured a girl in a voodoo ritual.

The Brockton Enterprise reports 51-year-old Peggy LaBossiere and 40-year-old Rachel Hilaire, of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, burned the 5-year-old girl to rid her of a demon causing her to misbehave.

Police said the girl’s mother is a hair stylist of Haitian descent who has LaBossiere as a client and requested the ritual. She has not been charged but is receiving mental health treatment.

Police said the girl suffered a third-degree face burn and has been taken into state custody along with her brother.

LaBossiere and Hilaire told police children sometimes get burned as spirits leave the body following the ritual, which involves prayers, special oils and incense.

They were placed in custody after pleading not guilty on Monday. They will be back in court next week.

First Published: Feb 03, 2018 22:52 IST