Daphne Spurlock: Slits 5-Year-Old Son's Throat, Stomps on His Chest to "Release Demons"

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Daphne Spurlock said she heard voices.
Daphne Spurlock's Facebook page is filled with religious imagery and Bible quotes; last February she wrote, "The best thing that ever happen to me is when I gave my life to Jesus and He filled me with His precious Holy Ghost."

Early Saturday morning, what her husband has called an increasingly strange belief that she was hearing voices became too much, and she slit the throat of her five-year-old son and then stomped on his chest in order to release the demons supposedly inside him.

"She was reading from the Bible with him (the child) and realized he was infested with demons and had to release these demons from him," a spokesman for the Magnolia police department told reporters.

The child, Michael, is in serious condition at Memorial Hermann Children's Hospital.

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Michael Spurlock is fighting for his life.
Spurlock's husband, David, told the Houston Chronicle, "I can't put it together yet...She started cussing a week ago. That was not like her at all."

She said the voices in her head were Jesus, said the husband, who was not home at the time of the attack in their Magnolia home.

KHOU said Michael "had multiple lacerations to his throat, which had been slit from side to side. He also had a severe head injury and his chest was possibly crushed."

Spurlock remains in the Montgomery County Jail.


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HissyHissyBangBang
HissyHissyBangBang

Obviously this woman was mentally ill. I mean come on "hearing voices?" You really can't blame this one on religion. This one is blamed on psychosis.This isn't to say I've got no qualms with religion... Obviously as an atheist I do. I'd say that this would have happened anyway even if she wasn't religious. Sometimes parents do things because of their twisted religion (like killing your homosexual son, pregnant daughter, etc) that I would attribute to crazy religion and not psychosis.

Michele Archer
Michele Archer

Wow, look at all the haters on these comments. No compassion, no care for the woman, no real care for the little boy, just a chance to try and slam Christianity. Jack-asses, shame on you.

If there was ever a good argument that we do have a devil, it would be this woman's actions, which should be a good reason to make sure you're praying to the true God and not putting your faith in something as brittle as Humanism. I'm so sorry for what this little boy has gone through. I think our so-called ministers and churches need to get out there and start doing a better job of teaching the Bible so people don't stumble so horribly.

If she had been an actual "rabid Christian" this is the LAST thing that would happen.

Azalea
Azalea

This poor child. My heart goes out to him and pray for his speedy recovery. 

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

NICE. I HOPE GETS THE CRAP. GOING TO PRISON. YEPPER. BURNING IN THE PITFUL OF HELL. JUST ANOTHER OF THE DEVIL'S HELPERS

Tiffanimai
Tiffanimai

This is beyond horrific, this poor baby has to tryto survive and live with this traum. I hope and pray for god to give him strength to live and be happy.

crowepps
crowepps

When a person notices their family members are behaving strangely and not like themselves at all, it's a really good idea to take them to the doctor.  It's also a really good idea to not leave small children alone with them.

Katjaxon98@gmail.com
Katjaxon98@gmail.com

She was the one cursing and acting outta sorts. They should slit her throat and stomp her chest in. Dirty bitch.

Pink
Pink

People.. Seriously? Don't blame this on God.. My God does not ask the mother of her child to slit his throat and stomp on his chest. This is a woman that has had a serious nervous breakdown and needs committed and a psych eval. She is SICK.. 

Winterfox
Winterfox

I'm not an expert but, it sounds as though she had a mental condition rapidly develop, maybe as another person had posted, brought on by a tumor.Whether this is the case remains to be seen but, warning signs were there, true it was only briefly but something should have been done to find out why the sudden change in the person."Normal" religious people don't generally go over the edge in such a short time.

All the best to Michael, the doctors and nurses caring for him!

Jeezlooeez
Jeezlooeez

May I say that Christianity isn't what caused this horrific incident. The woman was clearly mentally ill, and although she attributed the voices in her head to being demons, Christian teachings don't tell us to kill our children. This would have happened whether this woman was Christian or not, she was a crazy person and should not have been taking care of a child. I realize that there are a lot of extremists out there, and you could argue that they are all wrong in the head. But please don't bash faith. Level-headed Christians like I understand the line that separates fact from fiction. Also I'm praying for the well being of Michael Spurlock. 

Gary
Gary

Any belief in supernatural crap is the source of this insanity. If you belief in demons, gods, angels go see a shrink and get de-programmed. You are not just simply brain-washed with the mythology, you are not sane.

jessica stewart
jessica stewart

WOW!!!! THE REACTION ON MY FACE READING SOME OF THESE COMMENTS. YOU CAN'T BLAME GOD/RELIGION FOR THIS WOMAN HURTING HER CHILD...  NOW YOU CAN BLAME THE DEVIL FOR IT SHE TALKING ABOUT HER SON HAD DEMONS SEEMS TO ME THAT SHE'S THE ONE THAT HAD DEMONS INSIDE OF HER... THE HAS A MENTAL DISORDER AND REALLY NEEDS HELP.... GOD SAID ALL CHILDREN ARE FROM HEAVEN !!! WHY WOULD HE HURT THEM...

Kaleb Werdier
Kaleb Werdier

Attempting to say this is not the fault of religion, or at least a result of it, is like saying the deaths of many african americans were not the fault of the beliefs of the KKK. You religious tools. Would you rely upon a 2000 year old medical textbook? I should hope not. Then why would you ever listen to a 2000 year old moral guide which consists majorly of female inferiority and child abuse is an accepted and common thing? how stupid can you be? God and Jesus are not righteous, if anything can be learned from the bible, it's that it is up to us to become their moral superiors. This is just one of the cases of dementia faith and belief has caused.

Amaekil
Amaekil

BURN THE BIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

James G Modrak
James G Modrak

Abraham was a rock star for taking his kid to the "altar"  Can you please tell me the difference? Oh ya, god forgot to hit redial for Daphne.

Jill
Jill

This kid dont need your prayers he needs doctors!!! Prayers do absolutely nothing people.

Carol
Carol

May God help you to fully recover Michael, not the God your Mum thought was talking to her. Your Mum is very ill and needs help. I can't even begin to imagine what went through your young mind when the person who is supposed to protect you from harm, the one you love unconditionally and should feel the same way about you attacked you in such a terrible way. I pray you have a speedy recovery and all the help you're going to need so badly to try to live a 'normal' life.

Shinka
Shinka

This has got more to do with mental illness than religious belief.

Cont3mpris
Cont3mpris

A wise man once said; Religion poisons everything.

Ganksta Th'second
Ganksta Th'second

This woman's faith has NOTHING to do with her sickness... get real people, ignorant blame never helped a thing. sincerely,  another atheist for social awareness.

Notin MyName
Notin MyName

I hope the child gets better soon.  This is one of the major dangers of allowing fundamentalist religions to continue to go unchecked.  In other circumstances her aberrant behaviour would have immediately been seen as signs of a mental illness, but throw in 'the holy spirit' and the line suddenly blurs.  Differentiating between someone who is mentally unbalanced and someone who is just really religious is incredible difficult because the two create almost identical symptoms.

Blackcatbypoe
Blackcatbypoe

Crazy religious people strike again ..its all bs...she should be locked up for awhile any phyco can act nice.

Mysshotgyrl
Mysshotgyrl

This woman has mental problems. Praying and believing in GOD doesn't cause u to slit ur child's throat or stomp on his chest. Stop blaming prayers and church and place the blame with the mother and get her some help!!

tjsarah barnes
tjsarah barnes

what will praying do for this child his mother tried to "release the demons" from her son. This is why society does not need religion. That poor child. i hope his mother never sees him again unless she gets her fucked up idiot brain out of that religious crap.  until then she should be locked up.

Clint Barnett
Clint Barnett

Interesting how people keep saying they are praying for Michael and the family.  Are you seriously using that empty gesture?  Get out of here, I looked at her facebook page for just one second and knew she was delusional.  You cult loving delusional people need to wake up already.  Better yet, grow up.  Thank the Doctors and medical staff for all the years of studying and hard work they have to do.  It's obvious that the family didn't see a problem they were just a delusional as she was.  You can't see something wrong if you believe in that nonsense too.

For you people quoting the bible on here, why don't you cherry pick the rape, murder, and slavery while you are at it.  I'm sure you'll read my comments and not think twice.

Flannery Freeman
Flannery Freeman

Poor kid! It's just awful. This day and age, why do we still choose to believe in such nonsense, even to such a macabre extent? Hearing voices in your head does not mean you have a strong connection to any sort of deity, it means you're insane. I hope the kid will recover from his trauma, both the physical and psychological trauma.

Cow Bell
Cow Bell

The thing is... Anyone who KNOWS that this was not demons is using REASON founded in a natural view of the world as a source for that knowledge. If you believe in the supernatural then how do you know there weren't demons in the boy? If you believe in a supernatural god, in angels, in demons, and you still are sure that this was not demons, then you are stradling a fence and you really don't know what you believe.

Redalice_rabbit
Redalice_rabbit

So, what I'm understanding from those sympathizing with the mother is that she couldnt help it, it was beyond her control. So why is there no sympathy for pedophiles, rapists, and murderers who say they too cannot help it? Because there is something behind it all. Obviously she is sick, but excusing her actions and saying it was isolated and she should be able to see her son again is even more sick. Religion is a disease and it has infected our lives like parasites. Imaginary beings posessed her real son so she tried to cut him open and squeeze out the demons like a tube of toothpaste and some of you are "praying"! You want to help? Go raise money for the medical and therepy bills this child is going to need.

Randypagan
Randypagan

Thats the difference between the religious and the non religious. When non religious hear voices telling them to kill ,they go to a doctor, when the religious hear them, they automatically assume its god or jesus and follow their holy orders. Why? because they have been taught through stories like the one about god commanding abraham to sacrifice his son (and abe about to do it) that god sometimes commands us to kill innocents and us following orders is a noble act.

Redalice_rabbit
Redalice_rabbit

Nice one. Anybody else that hears Jesus have anything to say? This isnt even a controlled incident; numerous parents have killed or attempted to kill their children becauase they think their children are posessed. I hope years of psychiatry and physical therepy can save his life.

Carla Golightly
Carla Golightly

Did the Demons get released or not?  It doesn't say..

Deanna Jackson
Deanna Jackson

She's nuttier than a pile of squirrel shit.  More evidence that superstition can make people kill.

Mercutio Celsus
Mercutio Celsus

Christianity...needs to come out and just once and for all say no one has actually ever seen a demon....and that this just isn't real. I think the time has come for face to confront REALITY...

Britt Brown
Britt Brown

dont you hate really religious people who think its right to do this stuff to little inoccent kids Best wishes to you michael i hope you get well soon

Anon
Anon

Delusion- a persistent false psychotic belief regarding the self or persons or objects outside the self that is maintained despite indisputable evidence to the contrary.  Sounds like religion to me.  This woman hurt her child based on a false belief, plain and simple.  Religion kills people this we have seen for decades.  Regardless of why she did it she still attempted to kill her child.  As a psychologist I cannot wait for religion to be classified as a mental disorder. 

Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey

To all the religious people here i say this, God is Omnipresent he has be anywhere and everywhere all at once, therefor i ask: Can he make a rock he himself cannot life ? eitherway he cannot do a part of this therefore... well you get it, your religious not silly).

Back science not a bible, when it comes down to it DOCTORS are saving your lives NOT god . <3 an good luck to the lil man i hope he forgets all this !

thatguystaringatu
thatguystaringatu

yes but a woman saying she hears voices would have sparked alarm b4 she did something stupid/violent were it not for her religion that has 'medically' stable ppl claiming this all the time. thats the point, she didn't do this because she was religious but because nobody could distinguish between religious bull shit and mental problems.

 

and why put her in jail ffs? clearly she has a problem, locking her in a cell is not gona fix it.

Cow_Bell
Cow_Bell

Anyone who can read Judges through Chronicles, and search their heart while considering each and every story, and come out thinking "yes, this is a good and just god worthy of my worship" IS SICK!

Anon
Anon

What about when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son?  Yeah, God spoke up at the last minute to let Abraham know he was just trolling him to see if he'd do it, but if you believe in the Bible, you'll know that your God already has a well-known occurrence of asking a parent to sacrifice his child.

crowepps
crowepps

"If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear." Deuteronomy 21:18-21

"He that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death." Exodus 21:15

"For God said, 'Honor your father and mother' and 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.'"  Matthew 15:4

Now I agree with you that nobody level headed actually takes all this "stone him with stones, that he die" stuff seriously anymore, or goes around saying that people who 'sinned' should be killed, but see, the problem is that once this woman's mental illness developed, there's a whole bunch of stuff in the Bible that she took as instructions.

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

I think your caps lock key is stuck.

jessica
jessica

TYPO****** the woman has

Neal
Neal

The mothers belief in that god and demons is what hurt the hild to begin with.

Notin MyName
Notin MyName

No, but it hid her illness.  If you are part of a community were talk of things like demonic possession, being moved by the holy spirit and talking with Jesus are run of the mill it's becomes much harder to spot warning signs like the ones she exhibited.

In a less religious setting such behaviour would immediately be seen as a sign of mental illness and steps could have been taken to make sure the poor woman got the help she needed and no-one in their right mind would have left a child with her unsupervised.

nilbud
nilbud

You're wrong. If she hadn't been reading from that stupid book of fairy tales she wouldn't have tried to murder her son. 

Tunnel Mole
Tunnel Mole

Oh, you are sick, sister of Holly--but I like the way you think!

auxe.moron
auxe.moron

Agreed 100 percent man. Drop the religious bullshit and realise teachers, doctors and GOOD parents should be worthy of praise. Hope this poor kid has a fast recovery and lives a full happy life without the burden of an insane mother.

Cow_Bell
Cow_Bell

This woman just had a higher temperature then the rest of you!

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