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Dallas-area pastor gets 99 years in boy’s starvation death

DALLAS – a Dallas-area pastor, which the researchers say ordered that food be withheld for a toddler to rid him of a demon has been sentenced to 99 years in prison in the child, in 2015, the hungry death.

The Dallas Morning News reports that a jury on Friday convicted 52-year-old Aracely (ar-uh-SEL’-ee) Meza of felony injury to a child with serious bodily injury.

Researchers say that Meza and the boy’s parents believed the 2-year-old had a demon in him, and that fasting would save him. The prosecutors believe Benjamin Aparicio (ah-puh-REE’-see-oh) was denied food for more than three weeks.

The police began the investigation after a tip that members of the evangelical non-denominational church had held a failed resurrection ceremony for the parents took the body of their native Mexico. Video of the ceremony was shown at the trial.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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