BALCH SPRINGS, TEXAS — Fasting is supposed to be for healings of all kinds. However, this pastor’s attempt at “exorcism” cost this 2-year-old his life. Now, she’ll spend the rest of hers in jail.
NOTE: This is what happens when you THINK you’re hearing from God, but you’re really only hearing yourself. Smh.
According to Dallas Morning News, 52-year-old Texas pastor Aracely Meza ordered 2-year-old Benjamin Aparicio to go without food for 21 days as a method to exorcise a “demon of manipulation” from his body.
Continúa el juicio, esta vez con testigos de la defensa, en el caso de Benjamin Aparicio, quien habría fallecido tras un ayuno impuesto de 21 días. La acusada es la pastora Aracely Meza, quien decidió hambrear al niño por supuestos “demonios ” @UnivisionDallas pic.twitter.com/HTqa6fvFMK
— Karen Falla (@fallakaren) March 23, 2018
Unfortunately, the child succumbed to fatal malnutrition symptoms and died, approximately a month before his 3rd birthday. Meza was found guilty of the child’s death by “felony injury to a child causing serious bodily injury,” the source reports.
With that in mind, this particular pastor has been sentenced to 99 years imprisonment for his death.
Members of Meza’s congregation at International Church of King Jesus — Meza’s in-home church — say she scolded anyone who attempted to help the toddler.
A few members who testified against her mentioned that Meza told them she was a prophet and could hear directly from God.
If members disagreed with anything she said, she accused them of disagreeing with God, saying things like, “The devil is speaking through you” — according to Nazareth Zurita, one of the church members who also was charged with a felony count for not stopping Meza’s abuse.
However, she negotiated a shorter sentence in exchange for testimony.
But, supposedly, God told Meza that the 2-year-old needed to fast in order to get rid of the aforementioned “demon.”
BUT WHERE WERE HIS PARENTS?
Liliana and Zenon Aparicio, as reports the source, were separated from their toddler. Apparently, children weren’t allowed to be with their parents at Meza’s church. Too, Liliana and Zenon were living with Meza and Zurita.
They weren’t even allowed to hold their son. He was separated even while breastfeeding stage was incomplete, according to the source.
At the time of Dallas Morning News’ publication, the parents had not been charged but were awaiting a pending status on the situation.
The source reports that the parents were afraid to intervene on their son’s behalf because they were undocumented immigrants.
HE ‘LOOKED LIKE AN ALIEN’
The Dallas Morning News mentions that jurors watched graphic video which showed the starving 2-year-old wasting away.
He was so weak he was unable to hold up his head. The source noted that he had sunken cheeks and jutting collarbones. Likewise, his clothes hung off his “bony frame.”
“His eyes would move around, but never focus on one person or object,” the source stated. Likewise, WFTV-9 reports as follows.
“One video shot March 22, 2015, the day Benjamin died, showed Meza propping up the boy, who had fallen to the floor. She pulled down his pants and put him over her knee, spanking him repeatedly as he cried, the newspaper reported. It was not clear why Meza spanked the boy or why she and her followers believed he was possessed by a demon.”
The source mentions that later, in another video shot that day, footage showed the toddler’s lifeless body being held up as Meza prayed over him. At that point, she was asking God to resurrect him — which lasted for hours.
“I thought God would wake him up,” Meza testified.
The source also mentions that she took him off the fast when he was so famished he basically “looked like an alien,” according to Meza.
She says “that was the sign the demons were gone.”
In addition, after taking him off the fast, she took away his food again as “punishment” for not saying “amen” after a prayer.
Sounds to me like Meza was the one with unchecked demons…
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