Allegations of Colombian “demon baby” surface. We cringe.

‘Cackling’ Columbian baby possessed by the devil? Unlikely, say authorities  – NY Daily News.

Ana Feria Santos gave birth to her son last month, but says her joy quickly turned to fear when she noticed that he had ‘several abnormalities’ – leading to fears he is the devil in disguise.

She says the boy can already stand up and walk – quite a feat for a child of just four weeks – frequently hides around the house, cackles in an ‘adult’ way for hours on end and has an ‘intimidating’ pair of eyes.

Her neighbors in the town of Lorica, near the Caribbean coast, also say he is possessed by a ‘malignant spirit’ and that he is capable of producing fire.

This, they say, is because burn marks have been found on his clothes and a sofa where he regularly sits.

The Colombian Family Welfare Institute, the National Police and the Catholic Church have also all refused to assert the claims that black magic is involved.

A team of psychologists, a social worker, a nutritionist and a lawyer will now look into the case, with a source saying: ‘The child shows signs of abuse.’

This was fodder for the Daily Mail which featured pictures of fictional possessed children. Sad. I’m very interested to hear what comes out of this case. We will follow up but there may not be any further word. It’s that spooky time of the year, this story is obviously exaggerated and I can’t be clear how much is even remotely accurate or able to be confirmed.

All those who believe in demonic possession (I know there are lots of you out there…) let’s put this in perspective: For 2000 years humans have been claiming such a thing occurs. Science has found mental illness to be the cause for much of these superstition based illnesses. And, misinterpretation or mistakes can be attributed for the rest. We can’t find demons; we’ve looked and looked. They just aren’t there except in our imaginations. I’m going to go with the odds and say they never were there, people see evil everywhere. Even places it isn’t.

 

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  2 comments for “Allegations of Colombian “demon baby” surface. We cringe.

  1. October 30, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Clearly the Santos family is somehow related to the Leeds family from New Jersey.

  2. Richard Smith
    October 31, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    “he is capable of producing fire…because burn marks have been found on his clothes and a sofa where he regularly sits”

    Are they sure those are burn marks, and not marks from something *every* baby is capable of producing from where they regularly sit?

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