Texas mom charged with slashing son’s throat to release 'demons'

A Texas woman was arrested early Saturday after allegedly slashing her 5-year-old son's throat because she believed there were demons inside his body.

Daphne Spurlock, 45, now faces a charge of attempted capital murder, the Magnolia Police Department said in a press release.

Officers made the discovery shortly after 12:00 a.m. while conducting a welfare check on the boy at Spurlock's mobile home in Magnolia, about 45 miles northwest of Houston.

The boy's father had contacted police fearing that his son was dead.

When police arrived on the scene, they found the child, whose name was not released, with head and chest injuries from being stomped on by Spurlock.

She told officers that she was attempting to release demons from her son's body, then used a kitchen knife to slit his throat and stab him in the face multiple times, according to the press release.

The boy was flown to a Houston hospital to undergo emergency surgery. He was listed in critical condition Saturday afternoon, though family members told KTRK-TV that he was stable after the extensive surgery.

Spurlock was arrested and booked into jail.