Skeptic News: ‘Cackling’ Columbian baby possessed by the devil?

From: NY Daily News

Is Columbian newborn the devil in disguise? Authorities are investigating claims the infant has exhibited several abnormalities.

Black magic and evil spirits have captured the soul of a new-born baby in Colombia who can apparently already walk by himself and produce fire, his own mother has claimed. Ana Feria Santos gave birth to her son last month, but says her joy quickly turned to fear when she noticed that he had ‘several abnormalities’ – leading to fears he is the devil in disguise. She says the boy can already stand up and walk – quite a feat for a child of just four weeks – frequently hides around the house, cackles in an ‘adult’ way for hours on end and has an ‘intimidating’ pair of eyes.

The mother-of-five told the RCN Radio station: ‘He walks like an adult, sometimes going off and hiding underneath the bed, in a suitcase, in the washing machine or in the fridge.’ Her neighbors in the town of Lorica, near the Caribbean coast, also say he is possessed by a ‘malignant spirit’ and that he is capable of producing fire. This, they say, is because burn marks have been found on his clothes and a sofa where he regularly sits. It has led to vigilante attacks on Santos and her taxi-driver husband Óscar Palencia López’s house, which is allegedly being pelted with stones on a nightly-basis by frightened residents.

The 28-year-old’s story has not been believed by local doctors, who have now launched an investigation into the possibility that the new-born could have been abused.

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