Posted on June 7, 2011

Voodoo Mom Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison for Burning Daughter

Christina Carrega, New York Post, June 6, 2011

A monster mom tried to soften her tale of setting a six-year-old daughter on fire in a voodoo ritual even as she pleaded guilty to the “barbaric” crime today–but a Queens judge would have none of it as he coaxed the truth from her and then sentenced the woman to 17 years behind bars.

Marie Lauradin, 29, pleaded guilty to assault last month for setting little Frantzcia Saintil on fire in a ritual called “Loa.” But in a pre-sentencing report she changed her story, saying she was merely “rubbing [Frantzcia] down with alcohol because she was sick with fever when a nearby candle fell and set her on fire.”


Lauradin’s mother, Sylvenie Thessier, 70, stood by while 25 percent of her granddaughter’s body was covered with second- and third-degree burns–including her face.

Thessier pleaded guilty to reckless assault earlier this year and was sentenced in April to 1 to 3 years in prison.

The mother and daughter duo both face deportation to Haiti upon completion of their sentences.

3 responses to “Voodoo Mom Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison for Burning Daughter”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Loa is not a religion perse but rather a pantheon of Voodoo spirits which, somewhat like Catholic Saints, act as intermediaries and interpreters for a distant but benevolent creator god: ‘Don Bien’.

    While they have aspects of syncretianist Christian identity, so that they would not be suppressed as being outright paganist in the early slave era, these autonomous spirits are in fact specific to African and New World religions that have little to do with our faiths-

    A ritualist who is ‘mounted’ by one of these spirits acts as something of a medium in conveying their wisdom and listening to any requests to be carried back to the spirit world. The exact nature of the Loa possessing the individual is determined by specifically associated fetishist objects and offerings.

    I have never heard of human sacrifice, especially of children, being an element of Loa summonings.

    Which doesn’t mean much because I find the whole thing rather sordid but if she is going back to Haiti anyway, we should not waste 17 years at 40,000 dollars per annum (680,000 total) just to lock this woman up before booting her out anyway. Let the blacks of her culture take care of her. Right or wrong, as long as she can no longer hurt any of ours, it’s none of our affair.

    Just like the massa back on the plantations didn’t get too involved with what his field workers chose to do when the sun went down.

  2. Preparation H-Bomb says:

    Ah, the joys of multiculturalism and diversity!!!! Isn’t it wonderful that this well-educated, fine, upstanding woman was free to practice her liberating religion to leave lasting impressions upon the body of her 6 year old daughter? What a country!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Haiti; Voodoo. AIDS. Endless boatloads of illegal aliens. And the occasional wacko story like this.

    Hard to believe it was the richest place in the western hemisphere when it was ruled by the French.