Authorities said that a woman was arrested for biting, beating, and choking her 11-year-old daughter in an exorcism attempt.
According to the Sherriff’s Office, 45-year-old Kimberly and her daughter were at a secluded beach, where she stripped the girl naked and shoved sand into her mouth and eyes before a witness intervened.
As per reports, about 10 to 12 people were watching the attack.
According to John, one of the witnesses, Kimberly said that she was removing demons from her daughter. John tried to restrain Kimberly, who kept hitting the girl’s head with a piece of driftwood.
John remained on the phone with the 911 operator as he tried to subdue Kimberly and push her to the ground.
Deputies who responded were able to separate mother and daughter and handcuff Kimberly.
John said: “She questioned me about my faith.”
Kimberly was taken into custody pending investigations into charges of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, child abuse, and aggravated mayhem.
The girl sustained multiple injuries, including severe damage to her right ear. According to Sgt. Greg, she will be placed in protective child custody.
According to authorities, Kimberly would have probably killed the girl had John not intervened.
John, who was at the beach with some out-of-town visitors, stated that he was happy he managed to stop the attack.
“The worst thing was when we got the child away and into the sheriff’s truck, she said people drove by and nobody stopped,” he said. “When you see something like this, it shakes your foundation and faith in people.”
Greg stated that results from Kimberly’s toxicology test were still pending.