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Police: Texas woman helped starve boy to rid him of 'demon'

3 years 9 months 1 week ago Tuesday, April 14 2015 Apr 14, 2015 April 14, 2015 3:32 PM April 14, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Diana Heidgerd

DALLAS - Authorities say a woman who operated a church in her Dallas-area home helped starve a 2-year-old boy to rid him of a "demon," then held a ceremony to try to revive him.

Balch Springs police said Tuesday that Araceli Meza encouraged the boy's parents to feed him only water for 25 days, then tried to "resurrect" him during a ceremony. Investigators believe the boy died but that his parents returned home to Mexico for the burial.

Lt. Mark Maret says the 49-year-old Meza was charged Monday with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury by omission. She's being held on $100,000 bond and has no listed attorney.

Police say they received a tip about a March 22 ceremony at the home to revive the American-born child.

Image: Dallas Morning News

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