Five individuals who assumed responsibility for an exorcism that happened in 2015 in Germany have been charged with homicide, German officials said.
All five were relatives and South Korean nationals of the girl who died because of the exorcism, based on NBC News. They remain in investigative detention.
When a priest was called by the relatives after they found the girl had expired policemen found the body, said prosecutor Nadja Niesen. The girl had began to “flail around and become aggressive,” said prosecutors.
The suspects were prompted by this and all relatives of the girl who died to remove a “demon” they thought had owned the girl, said Niesen. Some of the suspects shoved the woman to the floor while holding her arms. Others pressed with their knees on her torso, belly and shoulders, according to authorities.
The cousin of the woman fit a towel and a coat hanger into the girl’s mouth “to prevent her from screaming,” the prosecutors included in a statement. The event lasted for about two hours.
“The woman eventually died from asphyxiation as a result of violence and the enormous chest compression to her neck,” said Niesan.
The family members contain a 44-year old girl, her 21-year-old son and 19-year-old daughter, and two 15-year old boys, according to The Associated Press. One of the 15-year-old boys is the son of the dead girl.
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