Trial Set for 2nd Woman in ‘Exorcism’ Death

WANE-TV (Fort Wayne), April 6, 2011


Natasha Hawkins, 31, is accused of participating in the death of her roommate’s son in November 2009. Hawkins allegedly suggested that Latisha Lawson, 31, feed her kids olive oil to rid them of demons.


The trial date has been set for Hawkins. It will be a three day trial in August of this year.



Natasha Hawkins (left) and Latisha Lawson, exorcists.

A second woman has been charged in the killing of a 2-year-old whose body had been kept in a plastic tote.

On Monday, Allen County prosecutors filed charges against Natasha N. Hawkins, 31, of the 1900 block of Hobson Road, accusing her of participating in the death of 2-year-old Jezaih King.

Jezaih’s mother, Latisha Lawson, 31, was charged late last year with battery causing death, neglect of a dependent causing death, neglect of a dependent causing injury, neglect of a dependent and battery. The additional charges accuse Lawson of beating and neglecting her 10-year-old daughter. On Feb. 11, prosecutors added an additional charge of murder against Lawson in connection with Jezaih’s death.

The charges against Hawkins, filed in Allen Superior Court, include aiding in battery causing death, neglect of a dependent causing death, assisting a criminal and four counts of battery.

According to court documents, Hawkins actively participated in the events leading up to Jezaih’s death, which both Hawkins and Lawson described to police as an exorcism.

Hawkins is accused of holding down Jezaih’s legs and saying a prayer while Lawson poured a mixture of olive oil and vinegar down his throat in November 2009, believing, the women said, he and his sister were possessed by demons.

{snip} According to court documents, Lawson held Jezaih’s mouth shut for about 10 minutes until he stopped struggling.

After the toddler died, Lawson told her daughter to come say goodbye to him, later putting the body on the bed for a period of time, court documents said. The girl told police she had to view the body and pray over him.

Lawson later wrapped the toddler’s body in a blanket and put him in a closet, then into a plastic tote that she took with them when they moved, according to court documents.


Police found the toddler’s body inside a south-side home Dec. 21. The Allen County coroner ruled the death a homicide, caused by asphyxia from a compressed neck. When police caught up with Lawson and interviewed her, she said her son was “with God.”

She told detectives she could not tolerate his tantrums anymore and that she believed both her children were demon-possessed, according to court documents.

In late January, police interviewed Hawkins who said that she and Lawson performed an “exorcist” on Jezaih. Hawkins told police that she told Lawson “you should drink olive oil . . . to get rid of demons,” according to court documents.

It was Lawson’s idea to add the vinegar, according to court documents.


Hawkins’ own children were fed the concoction and all began to vomit. All the children were present when Jezaih died, according to court documents.


Hawkins told police she never called police or emergency medical services to seek help for Jezaih and after his death home-schooled her children because she was afraid they would say something to the authorities, according to court documents.



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  1. Anonymous April 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    Clearly the article missed the key point, did it work, were the demons exorcised??

  2. Anonymous April 6, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    This is probably a woman suffering from Psychosis. If so, it does no credit for it to be posted here. Schizophrenia affects blacks too.

  3. Jeddermann. April 7, 2011 at 12:02 am #

    “Hawkins told police she never called police or emergency medical services to seek help for Jezaih and after his death home-schooled her children”

    I bet these kids got some really good learning. Home schooled in what exactly? Probably NO schooling at all other than just sit in front of the TV all day.

  4. Anonymous April 7, 2011 at 6:53 am #

    Diversity. I’m lovin’ it.

  5. The Bobster April 7, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Another example of how the Afrovoodoos involve their chilluns in their rituals:

  6. Michael C. Scott April 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    Oil and vinegar? I wasn’t aware giving kids salad dressing got rid of demons; I thought you were supposed to pour rum on their heads and set them on fire. That’s how they do it in New York, anyway (see article above).