Illinois Parents Locked 'Demon' Child In Basement For Months


Police arrested an Illinois couple after they allegedly locked their ten-year-old daughter in their basement because they believed she had been "possessed by a demon." Randy and Katherine Swopes were taken into custody and face felony charges of child endangerment and unlawful restraint.

Authorities said they received an anonymous tip and found the girl "had been forced to live in the basement in poor conditions” since at least January. The child was kept away from her siblings and given only a training toilet and a bucket that she used to shower.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services took the girl and her three siblings into protective custody.

Photo: Waukegan Police Department


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