More details are emerging about Arkansas Rep. Justin Harris and his botched adoption of two young girls.
Last week, we learned that Harris and his wife Marsha gave the siblings, four and six years old, away (the euphemism used was “rehomed”) to a couple, Eric and Stacey Francis. Eric Francis promptly raped the six-year-old and is now serving a 40-year prison term.
But what possessed State Representative Harris, who is also the owner of a Christian preschool, to get rid of the girls after they’d spent just 14 months with him and his family?
It’s not what possessed him; it’s what possessed them, we learn via a followup investigative piece in Arkansas Times. As in, demons. Demons so bad, an exorcist had to be called in.
No doubt, the children were challenging to raise, having come from a broken home where meth was present, and where the oldest sister had been sexually assaulted by her father. The Arkansas Times describes their early years as “suffering through a staggering sequence of chaos and abuse.” Psychological damage is understandable and likely in such cases, as is acting out. But apparently, the Harrises experienced something way beyond that. One of the troubled girls crushed a family pet to death, a guinea pig, Harris claims.
And so it began.
Multiple sources who interacted with the family confirmed [the] account that the Harrises believed the children were possessed, and another source close to the family said that Marsha Harris spoke openly about the supposed demonic possession.