Ana Feria Santos gave birth to her son last month, but says her joy quickly turned to fear when she noticed that he had ‘several abnormalities’ – leading to fears he is the devil in disguise.
She says the boy can already stand up and walk – quite a feat for a child of just four weeks – frequently hides around the house, cackles in an ‘adult’ way for hours on end and has an ‘intimidating’ pair of eyes.
The mother-of-five told the RCN Radio station: ‘He walks like an adult, sometimes going off and hiding underneath the bed, in a suitcase, in the washing machine or in the fridge.’
Her neighbors in the town of Lorica, near the Caribbean coast, also say he is possessed by a ‘malignant spirit’ and that he is capable of producing fire.
This, they say, is because burn marks have been found on his clothes and a sofa where he regularly sits.
It has led to vigilante attacks on Santos and her taxi-driver husband Óscar Palencia López’s house, which is allegedly being pelted with stones on a nightly-basis by frightened residents.
But the 28-year-old’s story has not been believed by local doctors, who have now launched an investigation into the possibility that the new-born could have been abused.
The Colombian Family Welfare Institute, the National Police and the Catholic Church have also all refused to assert the claims that black magic is involved.
A team of psychologists, a social worker, a nutritionist and a lawyer will now look into the case, with a source saying: ‘The child shows signs of abuse.
‘Two small burns were found on the palm of the left hand and for that reason a restoration measure was adopted to [SAFEGUARD]the family environment.
‘The parents received a warning while the facts are being clarified.’