Mom kills infant son, claims he was possessed

Now I’m aware reading the news can give you a false perspective about the world, since they typically report unusual and shocking news. With that in mind, it’s hard to not feel like you’re surrounded by religious nutjobs when one of them kills her son by asphyxiating him because she thought he was possessed. It kind of makes you feel like the whole world is a little messed up.

Prosecutors formally filed charges Tuesday against 31-year-old Latisha Lawson including two counts of battery and three counts of neglecting a dependent for the alleged abuse of her two children in November 2009…

On December 21, authorities interviewed Lawson’s daughter, who confirmed she and her brother had been given the olive oil and vinegar because their mother thought they were possessed. The 10-year-old reportedly said that she immediately vomited afterward but that Jeziah King died as he was spitting out the mixture. She also alleged that Lawson put his body on a bed and had her pray over him before moving the body to a closet. According to her, Lawson placed the body in a plastic tote when they moved out of that apartment and kept him with them.

How do some people get this creepy? Moving your decomposing dead 3 year old son around in a plastic tote bag has got to be one of the most gruesome moves in the history of bad moves.

I’ve got 10 bucks that says that no one was quite aware of just how crazy and demented this woman was specifically because of how devoted and religious she appeared to be. I’ve lost count of how many times mental illness has been covered up by religion. If believing in an invisible imaginary friend isn’t considered insanity, what hope do we have to properly identify it?

Comments (17)

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    Brandon

    So 80% of America and 50% of medical doctors are insane?

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    OttawaAnon

    Popularity is not a measure to truthfulness. So yes if 80% of Americans hear a God speaking to them they are insane.

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    Brandon

    “Popularity is not a measure to truthfulness.” -Ottawaanon

    Very true.

    “So yes if 80% of Americans hear a God speaking to them they are insane.” -ottawaanon

    ok. I just wanted to hear someone say it. I don’t know how I would get through life I thought that most people I encountered were actually certifiably insane.

    How do you do it without going completely crazy yourself?

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    Jacob Fortin

    It helps when you stop believing in fairy tales. Are kids crazy for believing in Santa? No, because it’s institutionalized. Of course, the difference is we know someone is nuts when they are adults and continue to believe in Santa.

    People can believe in insane things, but the problem is that it guarantees that the ones that are truly insane remain hidden in belief.

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    MDS

    Brandon, go to a psychotherapist and tell him/her about your imaginary friend. Change the name Jesus to Freddie and you’ll be given medication. Guaranteed.

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    Brandon

    MDS, sure, but I don’t see anyone writing a book about an invisible guy named Freddie over a period of 3000 years.

    A psychotherapist would understand the context of Jesus. Freddie has no background or context.

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    Mickey

    Brandon, actually if I have an imaginary friend or a headmate called Freddie is for some reason, so his “existence” have some background and context.

    Religions/believing in god aside: You can ask any psychologist/shrink/therapist about people (kids and adults) having imaginary friends or headmates; they will tell you people don’t have imaginary friends or headmates for no reason.

    For example: a lonely kid who has difficulty in making friends will probably create an imaginary friend to play/talk with. But when that kid grows and makes real friends, that imaginary friend disappear.

    Sometimes headmates appear as way to cope and protect the person against some trauma and those headmates can exist for the rest of that person’s life…

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    Brandon

    Mickey, good point. Can a headmate help adults cope and feel protected as well?

    You are sort of making my point for me, from another post, about the psychotherapist getting kicked out of British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy. I know this isn’t what you are saying but it’s similar.

    People get so mad when a therapists wants to pray for a person during a session but my point is that religion (even if the god they are praying to isn’t real) helps the person in many ways. I’ve shown the studies proving this and asked for studies proving otherwise but no one has shown a study from a published medical journal.

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    OttawaAnon

    So instead of a therapist helping someone build the social tools to make real friends you’re ok with them reinforcing the patient’s reliance on the imaginary?

    Prayer for the faithful is just as good as a sugar pill for a skeptic.. It’s called a placebo. The main fault with placebos is they are lies; told to us by those we trust or to ourselves, and if you care about trying to live a truthful life you don’t want placebos.

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    Joey3264

    “a lonely kid who has difficulty in making friends will probably create an imaginary friend to play/talk with. But when that kid grows and makes real friends, that imaginary friend disappears.”
    like Mickey said, the reason he has the imaginary friend is because he is miserably lonely, if he makes friends the voice will go away, however the worse his rejection becomes the more he will rely on it and the more “real” it feels until he eventually loses his mind… that’s why its dangerous…
    To grow up means you you accept life for what it is, some people learn it early but some may never come to terms with it, and you cannot reject reality simply because the Truth hurts, Thats Unbelievably Immature!
    sadly there are too many adults who don’t act there age… like the woman who killed her 3yr-old son because her “spiritual friend” Suddenly said her children were possessed! If she wasn’t possessed by her “spiritual friend” she would not be facing murder charges right now, and that scared 10yr-old would still have a brother.
    This is very serious and terrifying stuff, its time we stop sugarcoating it

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    Mickey

    @Joey3264: an imaginary friend is not dangerous, I’m almost 28 and I have one (it’s not god)…I’m not immature for my age, I know the difference between right and wrong, I’ll never do something bad because my headmate said so and I have real friends, so I’m function well

    Not all headmates disappear when you grow old. Not everybody “create” a lot of imaginary friends because they were lonely kids. Some people went through a terrible trauma, like sexual abuse during childhood, and they developed what is called Dissociative Identity Disorder; that it’s when someon has one, two or more alters (or headmates) that deal with problems resulted by the trauma that the host can’t deal on his/her own…

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    Mickey

    @OttawaAnon

    “So instead of a therapist helping someone build the social tools to make real friends you’re ok with them reinforcing the patient’s reliance on the imaginary? ”

    Sometimes the “imaginary” is not a bad thing; helps us deal with things you can’t deal on our own…and atherapist taking that away might not be the right thing to do

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    Mickey

    @Brandon: Mickey, good point. Can a headmate help adults cope and feel protected as well? psychologically speaking – sometimes, yes…

    I get what you’re saying: some people believe in god b/c they won’t feel so lonely, will be sure that their lives have some important purpose/meaning and that their lives aren’t going to be over when death comes, they will exist somewhere else (even if it’s in a bad place, like hell)…they feel more confortable believing that there’s someone watching over them

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    OttawaAnon

    Some people “need” a few beers to fall asleep. Some people “need” that hit of acid to make it through the day. The fact that some people have a hard time coping with the real world is not a valid excuse to let them live in a fantasy.

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    Mickey

    @Ottawaanon: it’s not living in a phantasy or excuse to cope with the real world…
    some people go through real traumas which are very, very hard to deal with, so they find/develope different ways to cope: it can be using drugs, drinking; developing DID or depersonalization/derealization disorders (this is not living in a phantasy…I have depersonalization/derealization disorder and I don’t live in lala land…it’s just a coping/defense mechanism my brain/mind developed to help me when things get too hard…)

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    Rebecca

    All of you who are talking about headmates…
    I have 6 headmates. We have been in this body since birth. Not ALL multiples are created from trauma!
    Feel free to get in touch if you wish WeAreJessica@gmail.com

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    charlie

    This website is funny. Do atheists take every opportunity to attack religion? The mother was obviously disturbed for killing her children. There have also been other cases where seemingly innocent people have turned out to be serial killers and religion was not involved. People have killed other people for every possible reason we can think of. I laugh because this is such a weak argument to use for accusing religion. Religious fanatics and atheists… two sides of the same coin /sigh

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