Occult Link To Baby Full Of Needles
The stepfather of a two-year-old boy found with 42 needles in his body has confessed to jabbing them into the toddler as part of a religious ritual, Brazilian police said.
Roberto Carlos Magalhaes told detectives that a woman who went into a trance would "command him to stick the needles in the boy's body," police inspector Helder Fernandes Santana said.
An enraged crowd of more than 100 people surrounded the police station where the suspects were held on Wednesday night, hurling rocks at the building. Santana said they broke out a window of his own car because they wrongly believed the suspects were in it.
Extra police were called in to restore order and protect the suspects.
Surgeons at a hospital in the town of Barreiras in Bahia state, where the boy had been hospitalised since Sunday, had decided not to try to remove any needles immediately for fear they could cause more damage.
Doctors located 42 needles in the boy, who was in stable condition in the coastal city of Salvador after a 240-mile flight to a hospital with a special heart unit. Hospital spokeswoman Susy Moreno said an evaluation of how to treat the boy would probably not be finished until Friday.
The boy's mother, a maid, took him to a hospital in the small north-eastern city of Ibotirama on December 10, saying he was complaining of pain. Three days later, after X-rays revealed many of the needles, doctors moved him to the larger hospital in the nearby city of Barreiras.
The mother told police she did not know how the needles got inside her son, whose name was not released because of his age.
pa.press.net, Updated: 17/12/2009 21:23