A Michigan dad, William Watt, along with his wife and son, are facing charges after deciding to perform an exorcism on their 18-year-old daughter. Watt is accused of domestic violence after slapping his daughter and hitting her during the exorcism, and encouraging his son to smother the girl.
The daughter, who remains unnamed, said she was watching television in the living room when all three family members approached her, yelling, ‘the power of Christ compels you’. The brother, who was plastering a wall, then smothered her face with the plaster, before throwing a bottle at her, causing her to cut her cheek.
She was able to escape and get to work. That night, the abuse continued with the father slapping her.
The Daily Mail continues:
She told police she was watching television at the time when the trio approached her chanting ‘the power of Christ compels you’.
Her brother who had just been repairing a wall in the house smeared plaster on her face, the family then tipped the couch over was on and threw a plastic water bottle at her, causing a cut to her cheek.
The teen managed to escape her hellish ‘exorcism’ and head to work.
When she returned later to the home, Watt confronted her while she was eating and accused her of stealing his food. After some back and forth Watt slapped his teenage daughter across the face.
Watt’s daughter was able to call a friend for help, according to the Detroit Free Press, who picked her up to take her to safety- and that’s when she called the cops.
The father has a slew of domestic violence charges against him dating back to 1997 when he was charged for assaulting a family member.
Watt was also convicted in 2001 for assaulting his wife and trying to disconnect the phone when she tried to call 911 for help.
In 2004 he was accused of choking his then 16-year-old son. He did a stint in prison for felonious assault with a dangerous weapon, he was released in 2011.
After his 2011 release, the same year, Watt was convicted of assault with intent for strangling his daughter and was sentenced to 10-months in jail.