A 3 year old innocent boy was brutally drowned by his father who sudden heard voices and became convinced the child was possessed.
Marcell Washington put his 3-year-old son into a cold shower and demanded to know if the young boy worshiped only God.
When Ameen said “no,” Washington forced open the boy’s eyes so water could fill them.
“I did this because I wanted to kill the Shatan that I believed was in my son,” Washington explained later. “I thought by killing a portion of Ameen, it would kill the Shatan in him.”
The exorcism continued. Washington held his son’s face under water for about 10 minutes.
Washington was convicted of murder in February. While it was clear that his family was concerned for his mental well being, the child was not protected and was the innocent victim of mentally troubled man who believed in demons. One of the officers noted, “He stated that he did not feel he did anything wrong. He also said that his child was better off dead than living with a devil inside of him.”
So here we are with another of the countless cases we see of mental illness matched with a religious and culturally enforced belief of the devil and demons in children, no less. Two mental health experts not involved in the case noted that the Washington’s symptoms such as hearing voices sound like schizophrenia, a mental illness that strikes men most commonly between their late teens and late 20s. Washington and Ameen’s mother shared joint custody of the child. He suddenly became aggressively religious. There was no sign of drugs or of violence towards the child. Now many observers are left wondering if there is anything they could have done.