Brasília : Brazil | Dec 20, 2009 at 7:52 PM PST
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Good news! Yesterday surgeons in Brazil were able to carefully and successfully remove 4 sewing needles that punctured a 2 year old baby's heart and lung. One of the needles had caused an infection, which is being treated with strong antibiotics.

Hospital spokeswoman Susy Moreno says the surgery lasted about three hours and that the 2-year-old boy is in stable condition. Dozens more needles remain inside the boy, but the four removed were considered life-threatening.

Doctors will continue to monitor the baby, who was a victim of a "back door witch craft ritual". The step-father, who blamed his lover for making him do this to the boy, has been arrested for the incident that was going on for over a month. The baby's plight was only discovered two days ago when the baby's mom brought the baby to the doctor because the baby was in pain. She claimed she had no knowledge of what was going on.

According to reports, the blessed needles were purchased by the step-dad's lover. When the lover went into a trance, she instructed the man to push the needles into the baby. The ritual was purportedly claimed to keep the couple together.


The needles were, on average, two inches long. The lover, Angelina Ribeiro dos Santos, claimed that according to Afro-Brazilian religion Candomble, the needles would be effective in preventing the couple's separation.

Due to public outrage against the couple and fear they will be harmed, the couple has been taken into an undisclosed area of legal custody until their trials can be executed.

The woman who purportedly blessed the needles will be released without charges filed against her because she was not aware or had expressed knowledge of how the needles would be used.

My question, one I am sure many of my readers no doubt have, is this. Why didn't the lover poke herself or step-father with the needles? Why did she commit such horrendous child abuse on the baby for the sake of their relationship? Did she ever hear of relationship counseling? Now she will never ever see the step-father again because they will hopefully rot in jail! Perhaps her theory-or his theory- was to eliminate the precious baby from their lives and thus bring them closer through the act of murder!

It is important to note that Afro-Brazilian religions practiced in Brazil have no ceremonies, rituals or practices involving harm to people, said Nelson Inocencio, director of African-Brazilian studies at the University of Brasilia. Concern about negative public image against the religion is feared.

The Yoruba Tribe in Africa has the most influence on the Candomble religion. Candomblé holds dearly the belief that healing of the soul is of utmost importance. The Candomblé ritual begins with an offering or invocation to Exu, the messenger through which they communicate with the orixás (African god) and builds into what they believe to be possession of their bodies by their patron orixá.

Candomble is one of the most popular religions in Brazil today. In Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo alone it is estimated that there are 56,000 religious sites upholding Candomble.

Until this most recent revelation about the aforementioned baby being a victim of child abuse in relation to Candomble, the religion was actually most notably tied to AIDS. The reasons are these:

  • A great number of its members identify themselves as being part of "risk groups"
  • A considerable number of its members--even its healers--are living with or have died of AIDS
  • its initiation rituals (among others) are based on the mutilation of people's skin with--according to the tradition--a single community's razor
  • It has been considered one of the relevant systems of social-religious support, counseling, "treatment", "healing" and "cure" for many sorts of diseases and mental health problems. It is also considered as an alternative to bio-medicine and social assistance offered throughout the country

Again, this is to educate the public about this religion that, until today, I hadn't heard of, and probably many others hadn't heard about either. It is wise to learn about other's religion before jumping to conclusions and dispersing hate and judgment.

However, even with that said, religious reasoning or not, the boy in this article was clearly abused and forever emotional and physically scared by his step-father and linked lover. That should be the focus of this ongoing investigation and quest for justice for the little baby. Not religion.

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baby had four needles in his heart and lungs
AsherKade is based in Abilene, Texas, United States of America, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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