A 3-year-old Massachusetts girl is dead after her mother says God told her to shove a rose down the toddler's throat to exorcise her demons. Only later Dora Tejada, 26, said she realized the rose she was shoving down her daughter's throat was actually her fist, and the devil bit it.
It doesn't really matter what she was shoving down this poor girl's throat, Nicole Garcia is now dead, after just three short years of life. While Tejada was being questioned by police, she reportedly sang, prayed, and "assumed the crucifix position."
Perhaps Tejada is just using the exorcism as an excuse for her actions after the fact, or perhaps she's a religious extremist who really believed she was doing what she was told. Either way, she is clearly a very sick woman.
Unfortunately, Nicole isn't the first child that has been killed because of an exorcism.
This past summer in Russia, a 4-year-old boy was suffocated by "healers" during an exorcism to cure him of pneumonia.
Just a few months back in January, I wrote about a woman who killed her 3-year-old son by trying to exorcise his demons with a mixture of olive oil and vinegar. She held his mouth together to make him drink it, and he choked to death.
These are just a few of the horrifying cases; there are more. Typically we think of exorcisms as happening in movies and not in homes across America, but once again we're reminded that we never really know what's going on behind our neighbors' closed doors. CNN recently reported that 1 in 10 people say they have witnessed an exorcism. That's frightening in many ways.
Still, no matter how many people believe in them, they're still no excuse for the horrible, violent deaths these children have suffered. The demons that are their parents need more than an exorcism.
Have you ever witnessed an exorcism?
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