By Tarik Elbarakah
Chillean police have arrested four people accused of burning a baby alive in a ritual because the leader of the sect believed that the end of the world was near and that the child was the antichrist, The Associated Press reported on Thursday.
The three-day-old baby girl was reportedly taken to a hill in Colliguay town near the Chillean port of Valparaiso on November 21st and was thrown into a bonfire.
The baby’s mother, 25-year-old Natalia Guerra allegedly had approved the sacrifice.
Miguel Ampuero, of the Police Investigative Unit, said that the baby was naked when the event occurred.
“Tthey strapped tape around her mouth to keep her from screaming, then they placed her on a board. After calling on the spirits they threw her on the bonfire alive”.
The Chilean authorities said the 12-member sect was formed in 2005 and led ever since by 35-year-old Ramon Gustavo Castillo Gaete, who remains at large.
Police said Castillo was controlling the members of his sect by using Ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic brew plant.
“Everyone in this sect was a professional”, Ampuero said.
“We have someone who was a veterinarian and who worked as a flight attendant, we have a filmmaker, a draftsman. Everyone has a university degree.