“Possessed” baby nearly thrown in the ocean

Woman arrested for child abuse thought her baby was possessed

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.

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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.

  2 comments for ““Possessed” baby nearly thrown in the ocean

  1. Mike S
    April 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    I think we’re witnessing the slipping of control of society out of the hands of the religious. As their grip grows ever tenuous, the more extreme the belief- and behavior- becomes. It’s why we have a new “end of the world” date announced every couple of years. Catholics didn’t take too kindly to the Protestant Reformation; Christians are not taking the rise of secular thought very well either, and may ironically feel even more surrounded by supernatural evil than ever.

    My thoughts on this are a little nebulous, but I really do think there is a historic shift taking place and it is driving the faithful (literally) nuts.

  2. April 19, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    I’m not sure this is a new trend at all. I’ve been collecting stories of this type on What’s the Harm for over four years, and belief in demon possession has been there all along, both in the current news stories and the older stories I’ve found in the archives.

    It would be interesting to do a real study on it to see if there is some sort of trend, though. Maybe Mike S. is right and it is on the rise.

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