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Police: Texas woman helped starve toddler to rid him of 'demon,' tried to 'resurrect' him

This undated photo provided by the Balch Springs, Texas, Police Department shows Araceli Meza. Meza, who operated a church at her suburban Dallas home, has been arrested for allegedly helping starve a 2-year-old boy to rid him of a “demon,” then holding a resurrection ceremony shortly after he died to try to revive him, investigators said Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Meza was charged Monday with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury by omission. (Balch Springs Police Department via AP)

This undated photo provided by the Balch Springs, Texas, Police Department shows Araceli Meza. Meza, who operated a church at her suburban Dallas home, has been arrested for allegedly helping starve a 2-year-old boy to rid him of a “demon,” then holding a resurrection ceremony shortly after he died to try to revive him, investigators said Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Meza was charged Monday with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury by omission. (Balch Springs Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say a woman who operated a church in her Dallas-area home helped starve a 2-year-old boy to rid him of a "demon," then held a ceremony to try to revive him.

Balch Springs police said Tuesday that Araceli Meza (ar-uh-SEL'-ee MAY'-suh) encouraged the boy's parents to feed him only water for 25 days, then tried to "resurrect" him during a ceremony. Investigators believe the boy died but that his parents returned home to Mexico for the burial.

Lt. Mark Maret (MAYR'-et) says the 49-year-old Meza was charged Monday with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury by omission. She's being held on $100,000 bond and has no listed attorney.

Police say they received a tip about a March 22 ceremony at the home to revive the American-born child.