An 11-year-old girl would have died as a result of her mother’s exorcism had a stranger not intervened, according to police in California. Kimberly Felder,45, was arrested, with police claiming she was attempting to ‘cleanse’ her daughter.
A crowd of ten to 12 people witnessed the attack with one local resident even stepping in to save the child.
John Marciel struggled with the raging mother on the ground as she continued to batter her daughter with a piece of driftwood, The Sacramento Bee reports.
Humbolt County Sherrif’s Office, said the “mother stated she was trying to remove the Demons from the child.”
The went on to praise Mr Marciel adding:“If it were not for the intervention and heroic actions of John Marciel, it is very likely that the child would have been killed by Felder.”
The office has requested that Mr Marciel is awarded the Red Cross Live Saving Award for his actions.
The 11 year-old was taken to hospital after she sustained multiple injuries including severe damage to her right ear.
Ms Felder was arrested on charges of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, felony child abuse and aggravated mayhem.