Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Haitian woman has pleaded guilty to setting fire to her young daughter during a voodoo ritual by pouring flammable liquid on the child’s head and igniting it

The little girl has been left with permanent scars across her body. The woman, Marie Lauradin, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault to pouring the liquid on her daughter, then 6, in 2009. She faces up to 17 years in prison and possible deportation to her native Haiti. Prosecutors said that Lauradin poured the accelerant on her daughter’s head and in a circle on the floor at her home as part of a voodoo practice involving a “loa,” or spirit.

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