Cult Starved Two Year Old to Death to ‘Rid Him of Demon’

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Photo Credit: Dallas News

Police say the pastors at a Balch Springs church starved a 2-year-old boy they said was possessed by a demon, and later held a ceremony to resurrect the boy.

Several people told police the boy was given water four to five times a day, but no food for 25 days before he died on March 22. A church member tried to feed the boy, but the pastors scolded her and forbade her from doing so, according to court records.

Aracely Meza, 49, was arrested Monday and charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury by omission. Lt. Mark Maret, a spokesman for Balch Springs police, said police expect to make more arrests as the investigation continues.

The church, named Iglesia Internacional Jesus es el Rey, is operated out of a house in the 12300 block of Duke Drive . . .

Court records say Meza, her husband and several others lived in the house. Meza acted as the church’s vice president and claimed to be a prophet who could communicate directly with God, according to court records. (Read more from “Pastors Starved Two Year Old to Death to ‘Rid Him of Demon'” HERE)

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