Attempted exorcism: California mother accused of stripping & beating daughter
Witnesses at Centerville Beach in Ferndale claimed Felder stripped, beat, bit and shoveled sand into the mouth and eyes of her daughter on Friday morning. According to a statement from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office, 10 to 12 people observed the young girl being abused before local John Marciel attempted to restrain Felder.
Marciel wrestled the mother to the ground, according to police, while she continued to hit her child with a piece of driftwood before police arrived to fully restrain her.
“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,” according to police.
Marciel told AP that Felder “questioned me about my faith,” reported KPIX. According to police the mother stated “she was trying to remove the demons from the child.”
The girl was taken to hospital with minor injuries while her mother is in custody charged with attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, felony child abuse and aggravated mayhem.
Marciel, whom police said they will be recommending for a Red Cross Life Saving Award, expressed dismay at the crowd of people who witnessed the child being attacked, but did nothing.
“The worst thing was when we got the child away and into the sheriff’s truck, she said people drove by and nobody stopped,” he said.