Four Arrested In Alleged Ritual Baby Burning

SANTIAGO, Chile (April 25, 2013)—Four people accused of burning a baby alive in a ritual were in custody Thursday in Chile.

The four burned the days-old baby in a bonfire in November because the leader of the rite believed that the end of the world was near and the toddler was the antichrist, police said Thursday.

The mother of the baby allegedly had approved the sacrifice.

Authorities say the 12-member sect was formed in 2005 and was led by Ramon Gustavo Castillo, 35, who remains at large.

Police say Castillo was last seen traveling to Peru to buy ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic brew plant that he used to control the members of the rite.

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