Clearwater police have arrested a woman for child abuse after they say she tried to toss her her 3-month-old baby in the ocean because she thought he was possessed by demons.
Officers found the woman on Palm Bluff standing on the sea wall half naked and holding the child. They were able to distract her long enough to grab the 3-month-old.
Police believe Chako intended to throw the baby in the water. Neither was injured.
We do not know anything more about the accused. Were there drugs, alcohol, or mental issues? Or just stress from caring for an infant?
But what bother me about this continuing theme we see regarding demons and child abuse is WHERE does it come from? Is it a new thing? Or is it something many parents accept as a cause of behavioral difficulties and we just see it in the news. I can’t tell. The deeper story is, some people are very troubled and attribute supernatural influences to non-supernatural conditions. That’s pretty scary as well. Because once you are at that point, you can do so much damage to others. The cause of your troubles can be solved by less drastic means.