Boy 'filled with demons' in medically-induced coma

Police: Daphne Spurlock slashed son's throat, stomped on chest


MAGNOLIA, Texas – A mother is being held in jail while her 5-year-old son fights for his life.

Daphne Spurlock, 45, has been charged with attempted capital murder and is in protected custody under 24-hour watch.

Magnolia police said Spurlock slashed her son's throat from ear to ear and stomped on his head and chest. His chest cavity was crushed.

The boy, Michael, is in a medically-induced coma with life-threatening injuries. He is in stable condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

"She informed us she was trying to rid him of his demons," Detective Brian Clack said.

According to investigators, Spurlock is very religious. Her Facebook account is filled with Bible verses and religious pictures.

"She stated they are a Christian family. She was reading the Bible with him and realized he was infested with demons and had to get rid of the demons," Clack said.

Investigators said Spurlock made a confession and is aware of what she did. She did not show signs of remorse, officials said.

Monday afternoon, emergency custody was granted to Children's Protective Services.

"Right now, staff is concerned about the father's ability to protect. Right now, we just want to make sure we understand what happened in the home," spokeswoman Gwen Carter said.

CPS confirmed the agency has no prior history with this family.