Baby Beaten to Death with Bible during Exorcism
According to shocking new court testimony, the mother of a seven-month-old baby girl allegedly beat the infant continuously for two days in an attempted exorcism.
An unnamed witness revealed the terrifying details on Wednesday during a bail application for Evelyn Jacobs. Jacobs and Emmanuel Welcome face charges in the murder of the baby. The witness spoke in a South African Magistrate's Court.
"According to the testimony of a witness who wishes to remain anonymous, on October 12, 2016, the accused (Jacobs) and a friend, Veronica, went to Welcome's shanty," Detective Constable Kgositsile Taolo, the investigating officer, told the court, Nigeria's daily newspaperÂ The Punch reported. "Jacobs had her seven-month-old baby with her at the time."
"When they arrived at the shack, Welcome said the child was possessed by evil spirits. The mother concurred and the two accused then beat the child with open hands across her body and head," the officer continued. "Welcome also took a Bible and started hitting the child with the Bible on her stomach. Later that night, the child could not sleep as she was in pain."
The attack on the child continued the next day. "The witness said the next morning, she was woken up by the baby's cries," Taolo said. "When she looked at where the child and the mother, as well as Welcome, were sleeping, she saw them hitting the child with their open hands. She asked the two accused to stop, as they were hurting the child and could end up killing the baby."
The two continued to abuse the baby, however. The witness said she grabbed the child, but "as she was about to leave with the child, Welcome grabbed the infant by the feet. A tug over the infant then ensued. The mother came and assisted Welcome and the two successfully managed to get the child away."
"The mother then placed the child on the bed and handed Welcome a rope, which she instructed him to hit the child with," the detective continued. "Jacobs took off her slippers and hit the child with the shoes. The child was crying and the witness again tried to take the child, but was unsuccessful."