Relatives of California girl, 3, who died during church exorcism charged

The girl’s uncle Rene Aaron Hernandez-Santos, 19, e suo nonno, Rene Trigueros Hernandez, 59, were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony child abuse causing death, the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office said Friday. Both participated in the 12-hour exorcism in a small, makeshift Pentecostal church in San Jose called Iglesia Apostoles y Profetas in which the child, Arely Naomi Proctor, was smothered and strangled until dying of asphyxia, hanno detto i pubblici ministeri.

Claudia Hernandez-Santos, 25, the girl’s mother, was already charged with felony child abuse. Proctor died on Sept. 24, 2001.

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Claudia Hernandez-Santos, Rene Hernandez-Santos, Rene Trigueros Hernandez are all charged in the death of her 3-year-old daughter during a church exorcism last year, hanno detto le autorità.

Claudia Hernandez-Santos, Rene Hernandez-Santos, Rene Trigueros Hernandez are all charged in the death of her 3-year-old daughter during a church exorcism last year, hanno detto le autorità. (San Jose Police Department)

A child is gone because of unimaginable behavior by the same people who should have been taking care of her,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement.

Officers were called to the church after the girl became unresponsive on the church floor. Hernandez-Santos believed she was possessed by demons because she would wake up in the middle of the night and sometimes scream and cry.

She told investigators that she tried sticking her finger down the girl’s throat and squeezed her neck to induce vomiting, hanno detto i pubblici ministeri. No one called 911 for medical assistance or performed life-saving measures, hanno detto le autorità.

The police were called one to two hours after the girl’s death. She had multiple injuries around her eyes, viso, neck and chest, hanno detto le autorità.

The church operates in the back room of a house and often posts sermons on Youtube, Fox San Francisco segnalato.

In a 43-minute video posted to YouTube in January, Hernandez-Santos talked about her desire to be a mother and shared stories of her life and daughter. She also addressed her daughter’s death.

The church were a 3-year-old California girl died during an attempted exorcism, hanno detto le autorità.

The church were a 3-year-old California girl died during an attempted exorcism, hanno detto le autorità. (KTVU)

“Piace, I could sit here and be negative… be sad about the whole situation that she passed away, but it’s like, there’s no point, sai, because it is what it is,” she said on the video. “È quello che è. Sai, she’s not here with me, it is what it is, sai? And it’s like, what’s the point, sai? I’m just going to be… putting myself down when there’s no point for me to do that, sai? Piace, I cannot change the past.

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