Voodoo Grandma Sylvenie Thessier Gets Three Years for Setting Girl Ablaze in Demon-Casting Ritual

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.



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8 Responses to “Voodoo Grandma Sylvenie Thessier Gets Three Years for Setting Girl Ablaze in Demon-Casting Ritual” Subscribe

  1. Tim in Indiana April 7, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    Strangely, most Americans don’t seem to realize that this kind of event is the natural upshot of “multiculturalism.” If you’re truly going to celebrate other cultures, how can you say that this kind of thing is wrong?

  2. Martin L. Kuhn Jr. April 7, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    Did it actually get rid of the demons? Is this something that other Black mothers should be looking into?

  3. Anonymous April 8, 2011 at 12:57 am #

    …and how will Americans solve this problem? By taxing themselves and bringing more garbage into this country to give them a better life, so they don’t do such horrible things.

  4. Sardonicus April 8, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Obviously, this is an extreme example, but Southern Blacks are very superstitious, particualrly in the Deep South. Belief in spirits and magic spells is widespread among many Louisiana blacks– even after having lived in Western Civilization for centuries. Some educated blacks will only admit their beliefs in private to close friends or relatives. Most white folks up North aren’t usually aware of these strange facts.

  5. Ben April 8, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    You’ve got to be kidding me?

    This is a joke right?

    Someone setting a 6 year old on fire for getting rid of demons?

    Only 3 years?

  6. Anonymous April 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    You cannot and _should not_ be held accountable for ‘standing by’ in any crime. The child’s mother should be charged with attempted first degree murder (the preparations for the ritual ammount to premeditation) but as looney tuned as “I was negligent but I didn’t intend to do it” sounds, it is in fact the perfect defense.

    Unless she somehow facilitated the event (her house, held down the child, refused to allow child to go help itself), _she is not the primary care giver and has no fiduciary responsibilities as a parent_.

    We need to be Very Careful when it comes to ‘guilt by association’ as endorsement of social justice. That is how you end up with reparations for acts which 3% of your great-great-great grandparent’s generations did.

  7. Anonymous April 8, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    Another version of this is Richard Pryor who poured ether

    all over himself while freebasing crack and set himself on fire.

    That worked too. It cured him of a crack habit at least

    until they took the bandages off.

  8. Anonymous April 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    I live in Queens, the multi-cultural capital of America. We’ve got more ethnic groups of any county. Ethnic scams all over the place. Credit card fraud, counterfeiting, brothels, insurance fraud, medicaid fraud, tax cheats. You name it, we’ve got it. Everybody has a medicaid card and a food stamp card. It’s ugly here.