The Dallas Morning News reports…
“Police say the pastors at a Balch Springs church starved a 2-year-old boy they said was possessed by a demon, and later held a ceremony to resurrect the boy.
Several people told police the boy was given water four to five times a day, but no food for 25 days before he died on March 22. A church member tried to feed the boy, but the pastors scolded her and forbade her from doing so, according to court records.
Aracely Meza, 49, was arrested Monday and charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury by omission. Lt. Mark Maret, a spokesman for Balch Springs police, said police expect to make more arrests as the investigation continues.
The church, named Iglesia Internacional Jesus es el Rey, is operated out of a house in the 12300 block of Duke Drive.
“We didn’t even know it existed until this [case],” Maret said.
Court records say Meza, her husband and several others lived in the house. Meza acted as the church’s vice president and claimed to be a prophet who could communicate directly with God, according to court records.
The morning of March 22, police said, Meza and three other people — listed as suspects in court records — held a ceremony to revive the boy.
A video of the ceremony shows Meza reciting prayers while holding the boy, whom she refers to as Benjamin, in her arms.
“In the name of Jesus, I’m utilizing this oil to try to get him back to life,” she explains in Spanish.
After applying oil to his head, she says it’s time for him to wake up, “right now.”
Meza later told police she believed that was the day God was going to wake up the boy, court records say.
The next morning, Meza, the boy’s parents and other church members took the boy to Mexico for burial.
Police started looking into the boy’s death on March 26, after receiving a tip about his death.
The boy was a U.S. citizen, said Pedro Gonzalez, a spokesman for Balch Springs police.
Police believe the boy’s parents and his body are in Mexico. They are working with Mexican authorities to contact the parents, Gonzalez said.
“We are concerned with finding out what happened, and why the boy passed away,” Gonzalez said. “We still need to conduct an autopsy.”