By Calvin Palmer
Two Texas teenagers are being held in jail on bonds of $2 million after been charged with the murder of a 13-month-old girl. They claim they were trying to drive out demons and perform an exorcism on the baby.
Blaine Keith Milam, 19, and Jessica Bain Carson, 18, of Henderson, were arrested on Tuesday following the death of Carson’s daughter, Amora Bain Carson.
Emergency services were called on Tuesday morning when the baby was said to be no longer breathing.
Lt. Reynold Humber of Rusk County Sherrif’s Office said when detectives entered the residence they found Amora on the floor of a bedroom and knew immediately it was a homicide.
The baby had been repeatedly hit with a hammer and other objects and there were more than 20 bites on the girl’s body.
The couple came up with various stories as to how the child had suffered the injuries, including a fabricated auto accident, a story of how the child was attacked by the family’s dogs.
Another version had the couple leaving the child unattended and someone else must have gone into the home and harmed the child. They even said the child beat herself on the head with the hammer.
Humber said: “they had multiple stories they went through before they told us they had beaten the child to death. It is their version of the truth.”
He said the couple then told deputies the child was possessed and they were trying to rid her of demons.
According to police Milam told them he performed an exorcism of the demons possessing their child. After Milam killed the child with Carson looking on, the couple “drove to Henderson to pawn some items to pay for an exorcism.”
Authorities said Milam and Carson told detectives they decided to hire a priest after the exorcism went badly.
Humber said there was no information of any clergy being called to the home.
Milam was sentenced in August on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child and received a probated sentence. He has also been arrested on charges of causing a disturbance and assault.
Humber said Carson graduated as an honor student last year and she seemed intelligent. He added that she had not been in trouble with the police before.
Humber said that the crime was so gruesome that he did not sleep on Tuesday night.
“In my 30 years of law enforcement, I have seen some things but this the worst of all of them,” he said.
It now emerges that Milam should have still been behind bars as part of condition for the second-degree felony criminal solicitation of a child.
Today’s Tyler Morning Telegraph states Milam was sentenced to 180 days in jail as part of the probation conditions agreed upon on August 22. That sentence, if it had been carried out, would have had Milam behind bars until February 2009.
Those conditions also prohibited him from being around children except his own biological children or siblings.
Officals also confirmed that Milam had failed to register as a sex offender in Rusk County and had not changed his previous address from Longview.
[Based on a report by the Tyler Morning Telegraph.]