East Bridgewater police have arrested two Massachusetts women for assaulting a 5-year-old girl in what police describe as a religious ritual.
40-year-old Rachel Hilaire and 51-year-old Peggy LaBossiere have both been jailed on $50,000 bail Monday and have charged with mayhem, assault, and battery on a child with injury, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, threat to commit crime (murder), and assault and battery with dangerous weapon (large stick).
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Both women pleaded not guilty during their arraignments in Brockton Superior Court. East Bridgewater police say they were contacted by Randolph police to perform a welfare check on a Randolph woman and her two children who were currently staying in East Bridgewater.
When police arrived at the home on West Union Street, they found a 5-year-old girl who had been badly disfigured by burns to the face. Police began an investigation and interviewed the girl's mother who said that Hilaire and LaBossiere told her they thought the girl had an evil spirit inside her.
Hilaire and LaBossiere's brilliant plan was to use a voodoo ritual to help get rid of the pesky demon. That is when the pair performed a procedure where cloths were put over the child's face. After authorities found the badly injured girl and took her to the hospital, nurses found she had a rope still tied around her waist and tangled in her hair.
Investigators say the women used chemicals on the girl's face that burned her so badly that they are unlikely to heal. They also say Hilaire and LaBossiere threatened to cut off the girl's 8-year-old brother's head. The boy told investigators he saw the women burning things over his sister after tying her up and putting water and some unknown substance on the girl's eyes.
The voodoo pair were arrested on January 26 and are due in court again next Wednesday. Both children were taken into custody by the Department of Children and Families.
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