Monday, December 8, 2008

Baby Beat to Death to Drive Out Demons

In a heartbreaking and deeply disturbing report, a young couple was arrested Wednesday in East Texas of beating (and biting!) the woman's thirteen-month-old daughter to get rid of her demons.

Amora Bain Carson was found beaten to death, believed to be with a hammer, and bitten more than 20 times. The child's parents, Blaine Milam and Jessica Carson, first gave conflicting reports about the child's death to authorities, then finally confessed that they believed the child was possessed by demons, forcing them to violently abuse their daughter to get rid of them.

What can possibly be said in defense of these two people? Superstitious thinking drove them to commit infanticide, and an innocent child's life was brutally snuffed because two people took their religious teaching seriously. This is even worse than cases like Andrea Yates and Deanna Laney, two strongly religious women who also murdered their own children, because both of them acted alone. In both cases, the women were found by juries to be not guilty by reason of insanity. But will a jury rule the same for Milam and Carson, that they both just happened to be insane and simultaneously cooperated in murdering their child?

Let the record show that superstitious thinking can drive people to kill an innocent baby.

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