Toddler decapitated in northern Spain by father

AP News
Posted: Nov 10, 2011 1:35 PM
Toddler decapitated in northern Spain by father

Spanish police say a 2-year-old girl was decapitated by her father, who told investigators he was possessed by a demon who ordered him to kill the child.

The suspect, a 34-year-old Colombian identified only as Marcelo R. O., is accused of using a knife to cut off the head of his daughter in the northeastern city of Girona.

A police spokesman said Thursday that an older sister of the child was present in the home when the crime happened but was not hurt. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of department policy.

He says the child's mother was not home at the time, and that the suspect called a police emergency line to report the crime after he killed his daughter.