NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New York City grandmother of a 6-year-old girl severely burned in a voodoo ritual was sentenced to three years in prison.

Sylvenie Thessier, of Queens, was sentenced Wednesday. She had pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.

Prosecutors said the child’s mother, Marie Lauradin, sprayed the child with rum and set her on fire in June 2009 to rid her daughter of evil spirits.

They said the 71-year-old grandmother later doused the girl with water and put her to bed without seeking medical help.

The judge told Thessier at the sentencing that the girl deserved to have her wounds treated.

The girl’s mother is set to go on trial on charges of assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

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Comments (15)
  1. zynikkijamesq1 says:

    Amazing webpage sincerely, Liz Spight

  2. DR. MENGLE,GOT TWINS? says:

    de voodoo hoodo granny…ya mon…only in if they only found those devil dolls with pins that look a lot like Cathy black and mayor mikey and crissty quinn..

  3. Pat Sajak says:

    Granny and Mom should both be euthanized in an appropriately medieval fashion.

    1. George says:

      Agree! With burning at the stake.

  4. HARLEM GOING H.A.M. says:


  5. elicia baker says:

    i do believe both grandma and daughter have a serious problems. and the child should never ever return back to them. three years of jail/prison time will never ever. compare the pain that this child?experience by the family that was sopose to keep here out of harms way.she will never trust again the burn marks on her little body will all ways remind her of who she love and trust did this to her and she have to live with this for the rest of her the grandma and daughter needs to be in a mentel institution.theres so many women today cant have children and would love to have a little girl or boy? to have i do pray that the little is safe now and she can have a happy life with the people that shes living with now. may the lord follow and pretect her she should be safe now? (love)

  6. nyc says:

    I feel bad for the prison guards wherever she is placed to do her time. That Voodoo is powerful stuff !!

    1. Justice4kidz says:

      You believe voodoo is real?! HA, HA, you are just as ignorant (stupid) and intellectually challenged (Moron) as that poor child’s mother & grandmother.

      You can take a college course to learn about this topic; if you are in NYC try John Jay College.

  7. Robert says:

    I bet mom and grandma voted for Obama.

    1. Disgusted says:

      Thank you for your inappropriate and ignorant comment.

    2. Justice4kidz says:

      Robert, Oh damn you are just as stupid as these witches who committed the crime. Now please take your skinhead outside and go play with your KKK kindergarten blocks while wearing your Nazi uniform.

      1. satansbuddy says:

        I do have to say KKK kindergarten blocks- pretty funny. Don’t agree with your comment but at least it was witty.

  8. grandma says:

    3 years for grandma a lifetime for the child. The punishment is not fitting. This poor child has to suffer from the injuries for the rest of her life.
    Maybe they should burn her at the stake for the evil she infllicted on her grandchild. I hope grandma burns in jail.

  9. story says:

    I think they need to call in mental hygiene mother and daughter have serious issues. I feel bad for the child, I hope they have some far more intelligent relatives who will be awarded the child who will love her and take very good care of her.

  10. Roy says:

    I think branding Mom and Grandma would have been a better alternative than prison!

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