A California mother has been charged over the death of her three-year-old daughter who last year died from asphyxiation after having an exorcism performed on her by her pastor grandfather at the family’s tiny Pentecostal church in San Jose.
Arely Naomi Proctor died in September last year after her mother Claudia Hernandez, who goes by a different name on social media, and her pastor grandfather performed an exorcism, according to police.
Claudia is accused of holding the girl’s neck, squeezing it and depriving her of food, while Pastor Rene Huezo, the girl’s grandfather, and her uncle held her down.
They told police they were trying to rid the girl’s body of ‘evil spirits’, according to The Mercury News.
Arely Naomi Proctor died in September last year. The three-year-old’s grandfather performed an exorcism
The girl’s mother Claudia Hernandez, who goes by Eliisa Santos on social media, and her pastor grandfather performed an exorcism, according to police
The Santa Clara County coroner’s office ruled Arely’s death a homicide but details of her death have never been made public until now, following the arrest of her 25-year-old mother.
Claudia has been charged with assault causing death.
It remains unclear why the grandfather and the uncle have not been charged.
Huezo told the Mercury News that they were performing an exorcism when she died, but he claimed that is now why she died.
‘If you read the Bible, you’ll see that Jesus casts away demons and made sick people healthy again.
‘It’s not when I want to do it, it’s when God, in his will, wants to heal the person. The preacher is like an instrument of God; what we do is what God says.
‘It’s the stuff of God, and everything is in the will of God no matter how small or big.’
Pastor Rene Huezo in the church’s YouTube videos. He performed the exorcism but has not been charged
The child with her pastor grandfather before she died. She would have turned four a month after she died
The family runs their Pentecostal church out of this home in San Jose, California
It’s unclear why they felt the need to exorcise the child or whether or not her father, who has not been named, was involved.
After her death, the family held a pink, Disney-themed funeral for Arely.
Her mother unashamedly posted about it on social media and recorded a YouTube video, saying people did not understand what she had been through.
‘I am at peace, I am happy. The reason I feel what I feel is God. If you don’t want to be in my life, that’s OK. The only one I need is God.
‘It is what it is,’ she said in one section.
‘If you weren’t there when she passed away and whatever you want to think, is not valid. One thing I’m not going to do is lie about how she passed away,’ she said in another portion of the video.
The mother unashamedly posted about her daughter’s death on Instagram and YouTube and said the ‘only person she needs is God’
‘If you weren’t there, then you don’t know.’
The church operates out of the basement of a home in San Jose. It is unassuming from the outside.
The man who owns that house told the Mercury News that he was unware they were performing an exorcism when the child died last September.
It was on September 23 and lasted some two hours.
‘The grandpa told me they were praying, and they think that by praying, the Holy Ghost will come and save her.
‘The mom said she was trying to squeeze her body to bring her demons out. I can’t believe she said that. It’s very awful. Very, very awful,’ Santiago Garcia said.