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Sheriff: Missouri girl's killers sought to remove 'demon'

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Posted at 7:46 AM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 17:00:37-05

COLE CAMP, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri sheriff says a 4-year-old girl died after being dunked in an icy pond and beaten by two neighbors who claimed it was necessary to remove a “demon." Ethan Mast and Kourtney Aumen are charged with second-degree murder and other offenses. Benton County Sheriff Eric Knox says the crime appears to be the result of “some kind of honest-to-goodness religious-type episode.” Deputies were called Sunday to a rural home near the town of Cole Camp and found the 4-year-old wrapped in a blanket. A probable cause statement says she had severe bruising and blisters over her body.