HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Pennsylvania woman who made her daughter observe a bloody religious ritual in New Jersey has been sentenced to 18 months probation.

Yenitza Colichon of Jamesburg pleaded guilty last month to child neglect and cruelty charges stemming from the May 2007 incident, in which she made her 7-year-old daughter watch an initiation rite in Paterson that included a chicken sacrifice and feeding the girl its heart.

Passaic County prosecutors say Colichon was about to start Army basic training and wanted to protect her daughter in the Palo Mayombe religion before she left. The religion originated in central Africa.

The girl later told a teacher that she was having nightmares and child welfare officials were contacted.

The couple who performed the ritual was allowed to enter a pre-trial program on Friday.

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Comments (8)
  1. Josh Taylor says:

    The blood sacrifice of a chicken (and forcing a child to be a part) is not okay… as it should be. Yet the blood sacrifice OF a child (and forcing that child to be a part) is okay? Let’s stop cutting babies first, before we worry too much about chickens. Or make ourselves look like hypocrites… drmomma.org wholenetwork.org

  2. DIVERSITY = DEATH says:



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  3. Mike Armstrong says:

    sorry I meant Charles Manson

  4. Mike Armstrong says:

    So what’s next, Shane? Somebody can murder somebody for the sake of their religion? you know, Marilyn Manson, used that same defense too.

  5. Shane Devino says:

    alright… isn’t she protected by the 1st amendment??? freedom of religion? many religions, including catholics, perform crazy rituals like exorcism. so we should now prosecute and condemn all catholics and priests performing such rituals too?

    1. Sam says:

      Please don’t breed. Or vote.

    2. mike says:

      You’ve been watching The Devils Advocate again, haven’t you?

  6. Ralph Kootz says:

    I live in borough park, Brooklyn. It’s amazing how these Hasiddic Jews torture chickens for their stupid rituals. Nothing ever happens to them though, because they bribe NY politicians.

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