A mother claiming to exorcise demons from her daughter has been charged with allegedly biting, choking and shoving handfuls of sand into the girl's mouth and eyes on a crowded beach, according to The Los Angeles Times.
When police arrived on the scene, they subdued Felder and placed her under arrest.
5 News reports that when Marciel approached Felder, she told him she was trying to remove demons from her daughter and carried on hitting her daughter's head with a piece of driftwood, while he attempted to stop her. Marciel eventually wrestled Felder to the ground, while talking with 911 operators on his phone.
Resident John Marciel couldn't stand by and watch the beating, so he stepped in and restrained Felder, Lt. Ken Swithenbank said.
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The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office was called Friday morning in regards to a small child being attacked at Centerville beach in Calfornia.
Authorities say she attempted to perform an exorcism on the girl.
Felder was also "viciously striking, biting and choking the child", according to the press release.
Felder was taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated mayhem, felony child abuse and assault with a deadly weapon.
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"If it were not for the intervention and heroic actions of John Marciel, it is very likely that the child would have been killed by Felder", the release said. "When you see something like this, it shakes your foundation and faith in people".
According to Allen, a toxicology test was run on Felder to establish whether she had been under the influence of drugs, but the results are not yet available. She'll remain in child protective custody.
"The worst thing was when we got the child away and into the sheriff's truck, she said people drove by and nobody stopped", Marciel said.
The Sheriff's Office thanked Marciel for this help and will be requesting that he be recognized for the Red Cross Life Saving Award. The child was taken to a hospital and treated for her injuries, which included severe damage to one ear.
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