A local community in Colombia’s north does not dismiss the possibility that black magic has led to the possession of a baby by demons.
The town of Lorica, in the northern Cordoba department, has apparently not ruled out the possibility that black magic has influenced one its youngest residents.
Mother Ana Feria Santos recently asserted her month-old child can already walk and frequently hides around the house. Favorite hiding places allegedly include suitcases, the washing machine and the refrigerator. If true, the feat would be remarkable given that most children begin to walk at nine months at the earliest.
The Colombian Family Welfare Institute, the National Police and the Church have refused to give credence to the suggestion that evil spirits have captured her baby.
An interdisciplinary team from “Family Advocacy” reportedly will handle the case. The team is composed of a psychologist, a social worker, a nutritionist and a lawyer.
“The child shows signs of abuse,” said an official. “Two small burns were found on the palm of the left hand and for that reason a restoration measure was adopted to [safeguard] the family environment. The parents received a warning while the facts are being clarified.”