NJ couple loses custody after mother takes kids for exorcism

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — An appeals court has upheld stripping parental rights from a New Jersey couple after the mother took the children to a priest for an exorcism while the father was in prison.

Thursday’s ruling sustains the state’s decision to take the couple’s two children.

Authorities say the children were 3 years old and 2 years old when the mother asked a priest to perform an exorcism because she was hearing voices and fighting an urge to give the kids to the devil.

The state put the children in foster care because no other family member was available and the foster mother decided to adopt them.

A judge found the mother had done little to treat her hallucinations and the father refused to treat his substance abuse charges.