TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas couple is behind bars tonight accused of beating a 13-month old baby to death.
Authorities say they found the baby Tuesday morning severely beaten by a hammer and other objects. The couple allegedly told police demonic possession led to this crime.
In court today, Jessica Carson and Blaine Milam were charged with beating 13 month old Amora Carson to death.
"You're looking at a 13 month old baby that has had her head bashed in with a hammer," said Judge Bob Richardson of Rusk County. "[There were] bite marks all over the baby...that's gruesome."
Authorities say Carson, Amora's mother, told them the baby suffered from demonic possession, and Milam performed an exorcism to get them out.
"I can't believe that a man can convince a woman that her child is possessed with demons and you know that's the mother of that child...she should be there to protect that child and stop all this," said Judge Richardson.
Police say the couple went to a pawn shop in Henderson to sell some tools to pay a priest to perform an exorcism.
"So, in the meantime the live-in stepfather decided to get the demons out himself," said Judge Richardson.
Lieutenant Reynold Humber with the Rusk County Sheriff's Department said, "They gave us numerous stories at the onset first that the baby had been involved in a car crash the day before, then the story was that the dogs had gotten hold of the baby, and it was obvious it wasn't dogs."
That's when authorities say Carson admitted her fiance had killed the baby.
"There's no logic explanation...even for old seasoned veterans it's still hard to deal with a child especially," said William Brown, the D.A.'s investigator in Rusk County.
This crime's brutality is even harder for neighbors to understand.
"To beat somebody in with a hammer...you're not right in the head," said Wendell Moore, a neighbor. "To me, you're not. To me, the death penalty would be fine with me. I mean, what can you get out of killing a little kid?"
Right now, the couple is in Rusk County's jail on two million dollars bond apiece. Authorities tell us it does not appear that the couple was on drugs, and they did not find any inside their home.
LaKecia Shockley, reporting. firstname.lastname@example.org