Kimberly Felder, 45, was spotted by a neighbor that called 911, after she stripped her 11-year-old son naked, took him out to the yard and shoved sand in his mouth. She then was seen hitting, biting, and choking the child in the name of removing demons from him. About 10 or 12 people witnessed the event, where Felder told them she was performing an exorcism.
Despite the crowd watching the events unfold, only one person stepped in to help, according to authorities. He tried to hold the mother down while she was attempting to hit the child in the head with a piece of driftwood.
The Daily Caller reports:
Police arrived just a short while later and were able to arrest the mother.
They also sent the child to the hospital, where he or she was treated for injuries, including severe damage to an ear.
Felder was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, faces charges of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, felony child abuse and aggravated mayhem, reported the Bee.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s office commended Marciel for stepping in, and have said he may have prevented the child from being killed.
The office has requested he be recognized with the Red Cross Live Saving Award for his actions.