Sunday, August 18, 2013

Nutball Alert: Daphne Spurlock

Daphne Spurlock allegedly took a kitchen knife and slit her 5-year-old son's throat to "let the demons out". She also stamped on his sweet little face and chest, apparently for spite.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – A mother accused of slitting her 5-year-old's throat early Saturday said she wanted to "release the demons" from his body, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. Daphne Spurlock, has been charged with attempted capital murder.

Magnolia police and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a welfare check of a child shortly after midnight after the child's father told police he believed his son was dead inside a residence.

Read more: Texas mother slits son's throat to "release the demons"

I don't automatically associate crazy stories like this with Christianity run amok. I think most rotational people would agree that this is mental illness. My problem is that Spurlock became increasingly more fixated on Christianity over the last year (or more), and it was not recognized as a problem. Why is that?

When it is appropriate to say that the actions of an individual are enough to justify intervention? Does it take violence or should it be some other behavior, like talk of demons? Can we define normal belief and abnormal belief in a way that allows us to identify those who need help? 

It makes one think. Right?