An Arizona man killed his son by pouring boiling hot water down the boy’s throat and drowning him in order to exorcise a demon from him, Fox News reported.
Pablo Martinez told investigators he saw something evil inside his 6-year-old son, while giving him a bath on Thursday. He admitted to holding the boy under a faucet of hot water to cast the demon out, according to NBC affiliate News 4 Tucson.
Police visited the home on the Pascua Yaqui Native American reservation after receiving a 911 call from the man’s wife.
According to court documents, the boy’s adopted mother Romelia Martinez heard “a gurgling sound coming from the bathroom” and found her husband holding the boy under the faucet in the bathtub.
When she told him to stop, Martinez told her he “had to do it,” according to court papers reviewed by News 4 Tuscon.
Martinez, 31, also admitted to holding his son under water for five to 10 minutes. Officers are charging him with first-degree murder, The Post reported.
Police found the child in his bed, completely naked and not breathing.
The boy had burns to 15% of his body, including on his forearms, elbows and head, and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.