Parents in Oklahoma are arrested for horrendous abuse of their 6-yr old child. They said he heard voices and they thought he was possessed by demons. This is America in the 21st century?!?! I despair.
Edward Everett, 28, and Krystal D. Everette, 32, face child abuse and child neglect charges. Authorities went to their home on Thursday after they received a call that a 6-year-old was locked up in a small room because the child’s parents believed he was demon-possessed. The caller told deputies that the child was in a room with no furniture. The caller also reported he was given very little food and forced to go to the bathroom in a bucket.
According to a news release, deputies found the child in a room latched from the outside. Deputies said the child was only wearing underpants when he was found and had several bruises on his body, including two black eyes.
Authorities learned the child was fed one meal a day and beaten with a belt and shocked with a cattle-prod which they found in the residence.
If the child didn’t have psychological issues before, he most certainly does now. How could this happen? How can people assume a supernatural cause for a behavioral problem or mental illness? Are the parents brainwashed by religion or culture?
The couple had other children at the residence. They were removed by protective services. It is reported that a “caller” provided the tip to the sheriff’s office but no additional details are given such as if the parents were religious, on drugs or psychologically disturbed themselves. The Caller was said to have mentioned the parents thought the child was possessed.
Tip: Christopher Howard