Texas couple faces child endangerment charges after kicking 7-year-old son out of the house because he’s supposedly possessed by demons.
Texas Today reports:
A Hooks, Texas couple has been charged with child endangerment for allegedly locking a 7-year-old boy out of the house with instructions to never return.
Ronald “Keith” Wright, 55, and Rendy Jo Wright, 39, allegedly told deputies with the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office that a preacher told them the child is possessed by demons.
KLTV reports the couple refused to let son back into the family home after he returned from visiting a friend in the neighborhood. According to the report:
The couple told the child that he was to leave his home and never return, according to the arrest affidavit.
Authorities say the parents then let the child leave with no regard for his safety or whereabouts.
The Texarkana Gazette reports the couple kicked their son out of the house in August and told him to never come back:
When one of the deputies asked Keith Wright, the boy’s stepfather, why he and Rendy Wright, the boy’s biological mother, had done so, Keith Wright allegedly claimed the boy, “would not mind or do what he was told and he was tired of it.” The boy’s mother allegedly made the same claim. Keith Wright and Rendy Wright allegedly told deputies they had spoken with a preacher about the boy and were told he is possessed by demons.
Bottom line: Keith Wright and Rendy Wright were arrested on a charge of abandoning or endangering a child. Both are free on $35,000 bonds. If found guilty, each faces two to 10 years in prison.
The good news: The boy is now out of the home, and in the care of a relative, according to Bowie County officials.