Thomas Zambito, Daily News (New York), April 7, 2011
The voodoo grandma who stood by while her 6-year-old granddaughter was set ablaze in a bizarre demon-casting ritual was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday.
Sylvenie Thessier was led from a Queens courtroom in tears after Justice Richard Buchter scolded her for not getting Frantzcia Saintil medical attention.
The child’s mother poured rum over her head and lit her on fire to drive out evil spirits–and Thessier only doused her with water and put her to sleep, prosecutors said.
Thessier, a native of Haiti, admitted she was negligent. “But I didn’t do it on purpose,” she said.