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California child who died was allegedly subject to exorcism

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Posted at 10:50 AM, May 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-11 13:50:59-04

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A 3-year-old girl whose death last fall has been ruled a homicide was the subject of an alleged exorcism last year at a Northern California church.

The San Jose Mercury News reports the child died last September after a ceremony that church officials called an attempt to “liberate her of her evil spirits."

The death was ruled a homicide and the girl’s mother, Claudia Hernandez, is charged with assault on a child resulting in death.

The Associated Press could not immediately determine whether Hernandez has an attorney.