In an attempt to perform the Haitian voodoo practice of "Loa," which involves pouring a chemical accelerant over a 6 year old girl and forcing her to walk through a ring of fire, the girl's mother and grandmother, Marie Lauradin and Sylvenie Thessier of Queens New York, have been charged with first degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child even though they performed the ritual perfectly.
The 6 year old child was tortured with second and third degree burns over 25% of her body, including her face, torso, and legs, and despite her painful cries for help, her mother and grandmother both denied her medical attention, cause that's just how voodoo rolls.
The child was taken to the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center, and was treated with a medically induced coma and hooked up to a respirator. She was eventually released within four months of her arrival.
However, the incident that led to the child's hospitalization will undoubtedly leave mental scars for the rest of her life.
What took place was horrifying: The mother poured the chemical accelerant over the child's naked body and created a circle around her on the floor like they do in movies. She then lit the circle on fire.
Also present were the child's grandmother and a family friend known as "Sketch" (nicknames, friends, pay attention to nicknames.) Although afterwards the grandmother bathed the child in cold water and put her to bed at 4 pm, a family friend saw the girl's condition and insisted that she be taken to a hospital.
The girl's mother claims that rather than performing a voodoo ritual on her daughter, she was in fact preparing rice with boiling water on the stove, which somehow ended up spilling on the girl when she approached her from behind. Clearly the circle on the floor drew itself from the really precise dropping of the accelerant that maybe the child... was... going to use to... suntan?
The girl's grandmother, Thessier, claims to have conveniently been in the bathroom at the time of the incident. The girl's mother also claims that she failed to notice any signs of burns on her daughter's body until she arrived at the hospital.
Hey, ritual candlelight is pretty forgiving.
Lave Tet Voodoo Spiritual Cleansing Leads to 20 year old's Death
20-year-old transgender Lucille Marie Hamilton of Little Rock, Arkansas worked two jobs plus overtime just to make the trip all the way to Camden County, New Jersey to meet voodoo priest Houngan Hector Salva. Hamilton made this great decision in hopes of receiving a spiritual cleanse by undergoing the practice of Lave Tet (which if you took French just sounds like they're shampooing your hair.)
At the time of the procedure, Hamilton admitted to Salva that she was in the process of taking hormonal operations for an eventual sex change; although her friends deny this.
The last hours of Hamilton's life were spent in Salva's home "laughing, dancing and singing voodoo songs" among six other people seeking the spiritual help of Salva. They group originated from as far as the Netherlands and Canada. Hamilton also took a nap at the home, and at 11 pm that night, when Salva attempted to wake her up, she appeared lifeless and limp.
Hector Salva's roots are in Puerto Rico and he was initiated as a voodoo priest in Haiti in 2003, which obviously sounds legit. He states that his voodoo abilities are the main source of his income. Salva seemed confident in his innocence and unfazed by the police instigation, stating, "They're just doing their jobs."
In support of his innocence, Salva argues, "Anyone could have a guest stay the night and when they go to wake them up, they don't wake up. No one is promised tomorrow."
Sure, it can happen, but this claim isn't helping his defense and neither is his creepy profile picture, which Salva posted on his blog, giving cops an idea of just who they were dealing with... a powerful master of the dark arts who apparently can't afford picture frames.