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5-year-old girl burnt in voodoo ritual; two charged

Published:Sunday | February 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

EAST BRIDGEWATER (AP):

Two sisters tied down and burnt a 5-year-old girl, permanently disfiguring her, in a voodoo ritual meant to rid her of a demon causing her to misbehave.

The women also reportedly threatened to cut off the head of the unnamed girl's eight-year-old brother with a machete.

The boy said his sister was tied down on at least two occasions while the sisters blew fire over her face and cut her on the arm and in the collar area with a needle-like object, drawing blood.

The sisters will be back in Brockton Superior Court on Wednesday for a hearing to determine whether they're too dangerous to be released. They told police that they have performed "cleansing baths" for family and friends in the past.