NYC grandma gets 3 years in voodoo ritual case

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Posted: Apr 07, 2011 8:23 AM
NYC grandma gets 3 years in voodoo ritual case

A New York City grandmother of a 6-year-old girl severely burned in a voodoo ritual has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Sylvenie Thessier, of Queens, was sentenced Wednesday. She had pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.

Prosecutors say the child's mother, Marie Lauradin, sprayed the child with rum and set her on fire in June 2009 to rid her daughter of evil spirits. They say the 71-year-old grandmother later doused the girl with water and put her to bed without seeking medical help.

The judge told Thessier at the sentencing that the girl deserved to have her wounds treated.

The girl's mother is set to go on trial on charges of assault and endangering the welfare of a child.