1. An 11-year-old girl was ‘bitten, beaten and choked’ by her own mother as part of an attempted exorcism.
Mom accused of choking, biting child in attempted exorcism at beach https://t.co/DwrkW37z4Y
— The Sacramento Bee (@sacbee_news) June 17, 2017
A California mum was arrested after she was seen “striking, biting and choking” her own 11-year-old daughter on a beach as part of an attempted exorcism, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Police received a 911 call around 9am on Friday from a witness who said the mother was “attacking her child” during what she said was an exorcism.
The girl had been stripped naked, and her mother was “shoving handfuls” of sand into her eyes and down her throat.
The woman – named by police as 45-year-old Kimberly Felder – said she was “trying to remove demons from the child” during the vicious attack.
The young girl’s assault was allegedly witnessed by a crowd of 10 to 12 people, with local resident John Marciel telling authorities he stepped in to try and stop the attack.
Kimberly continued to attack her daughter, striking her in the head with a piece of driftwood, as John tried to restrain her.
She was arrested a short time later by a sheriff’s deputy.
Police have commended John for intervening, crediting him with saving the young girl’s life. The Sheriff’s Office is requesting he be recognised with the Red Cross Life Saving Award for his brave actions.
The 11-year-old was taken to hospital for treatment for her injuries, which included severe damage to one of her ears.
The mother was charged on suspicion of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, child abuse and aggravated mayhem.
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