From: Brisbane Times
A belief that her nine-year-old was possessed by demons had led a woman to try to pour bleach down her daughter’s throat.
The 36-year-old woman, who is not named to protect the identity of the child, arrived in Toowoomba from an African nation with her husband and children in 2010, the Toowoomba Supreme Court heard.
Her barrister Robbie Davies told the court that in the third world country from which his client came, witchcraft was prevalent.
Her daughter had lived for two years with his client’s sister and when she returned to her mother at age six she claimed a cousin had given her a potion to drink after which she was possessed by demons.Advertisement
Those demons had told the young girl to kill her mother, his client instructed.
Another tragic example of irrational belief turning concerned parents into child abusers.