Brockton: Two Women Charged with Harming Children in ‘Cleansing’ Denied Bail

Two women accused of harming children in what police call a voodoo incident were  in Brockton District Court Wednesday.

A dangerousness hearing was held for 40-year-old Rachel Hilaire and 51-year-old Peggy LaBossiere after police in East Bridgewater say they a 5-year-old was found with burn marks. They claim the child was burned as a result of a cleansing to rid her of a demon.

Judge Julie Bernard ordered the two be held without bail.

The children were brought to Hilaire and LaBossiere by their mother after she wanted to rid them of demons, according to police.

Detective John Grillo from the East Bridgewater PD says in an interview with the child, she told police she was tied up, cut, and had oils put on her while at LaBossiere’s apartment. The eight-year-old boy told police he was threatened and was touched inappropriately.

Attorneys for both Hillaire and LaBossiere questioned the timeline of events, and said it was unclear what actually burned the girl.

Not guilty pleas were entered to both to five charges that include mayhem, assault and battery on a child, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

They’re due back in court on March 13th for a probable cause hearing.


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