• Mother suspects demons, crushes five year old’s chest and slashes throat


    Sigh. This story takes my breath away. It’s unimaginable.

    Daphne Spurlock’s Facebook page is filled with religious imagery and Bible quotes; last February she wrote, “The best thing that ever happen to me is when I gave my life to Jesus and He filled me with His precious Holy Ghost.”

    That’s all fine and good. But then she started hearing voices. Then those voices told her that her five year old child was infested with demons.

    Investigators say Spurlock stomped on her son’s chest first. When that didn’t get rid of the “demons,” she cut his throat with a large kitchen knife, according to police.

    The child is in critical condition and a medically induced coma.

    So… what prompted this violent event?

    “She was reading from the Bible with him (the child) and realized he was infested with demons and had to release these demons from him,” a spokesman for the Magnolia police department told reporters.

    To say she injured her child would be a gross understatement:

    KHOU said Michael “had multiple lacerations to his throat, which had been slit from side to side. He also had a severe head injury and his chest was possibly crushed.”

    Some folks are blaming a church for her bizarre behavior.

    Gresham and others believe Spurlock’s church, Magnolia Apostolic Tabernacle, may be to blame.

    “She always had a faith in God and believed in that,” Lee Gresham said. “She just got in kind of way deep at this place she’s in now. She got beyond what I’ve ever seen.”

    “My mom said the church told her she had the power to cast demons out of people,” said Channterra Gresham, Spurlock’s daughter.

    She has five children, none of whom had been harmed before this incident. She evidently believed the voices in her head belonged to Jesus.

    It’s too bad that many churches teach against medical intervention when it comes to mental issues. Many churches also teach parishioners to embrace the voices in their head and apply zero critical thinking skills to any idea that may pop into their consciousness.

    During my stint in the metaphysical world, I watched first hand as many seemingly coherent, intelligent friends believed the strangest concoctions simply because “somebody” (god, Jesus, the Galactic Federation, White Eagle, a spirit guide, etc.) zapped a thought in their head, real world accuracy be damned.

    As for this story? Wow. Just wow.


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    Article by: Beth Erickson

    I'm Beth Ann Erickson, a freelance writer, publisher, and skeptic. I live in Central Minnesota with my husband, son, and two rescue pups. Life is flippin' good. :)