Family possessed, claims backed by Dept. of Child Services

Family possessed, claims backed by Dept. of Child Services

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jan 30, 2014

Life became a living hell, literally, for Latoya Ammons and her three children as her family is documented as having become possessed by demons once they moved into their rental home in Gary, Ind. "Recounted in more than a dozen interviews with police, DCS (Department of Child Services) personnel, psychologists, family members and a Catholic priest," there's 800-pages worth of official documentation, according to the Indianapolis Star.

In November 2011, black flies swarmed the home's porch during the dead of winter. Locked doors opened between the basement and kitchen. Footsteps were heard climbing the basement stairs. Boot-prints remained after Rosa Campbell, Ammons mother, saw a "shadowy figure" in the living room.

By the next year, on March 10, 2012, Campbell found her granddaughter then 12 years old, levitating unconscious above her bed in the middle of the night.

Churches suggested pouring bleach and ammonia throughout the house and drawing crosses with oil on every door and window. Clairvoyants advised burning sage and sulfur and making an altar in the basement. The family even read Psalm 91 aloud as they made crosses with the smoke.

Three days later, the children -- then aged 7, 9 and 12 -- and Ammons became "possessed."

According to the Indy Star, "the kids' eyes bulged, evil smiles crossed their faces and their voices deepened every time it happened," said Campbell and Ammons. "Ammons said she felt weak, lightheaded and warm when she was possessed. Her body shook and she said she felt out-of-control."

The youngest son sat alone in a closet and talked to a "boy" discussing "what it felt like to be killed." He also flew out of a bedroom once as if thrown by an invisible person. Ammons had a headboard once hit her hard enough that she went to the hospital for stitches. And the eldest daughter reported being held down and choked by an invisible hand. The voice attached said that she'd "never see her family again and wouldn't live another 20 minutes."

Dr. Geoffrey Onyeukwu became the family's physician on April 19, 2012. "Campbell said Ammons' sons cursed Onyeukwu in demonic voices, raging at him. Medical staff say the youngest boy was 'lifted and thrown into a wall with nobody touching him... the boys abruptly passed out and wouldn't come to,'" notes the DSC report. Police escorted the children to Methodist Hospital where it took five men to hold the youngest down.

Valerie Washington, their DSC family case manager, investigated fearing child abuse. She witnessed the youngest growling as his eyes rolled to the back of his head. He then attempted to strangle his older brother. Later, nurse Willie Lee Walker joined Washington in another room, as the 7-year-old began growling again before saying "it's time to die... I will kill you."

"According to Washington's original DCS report -- an account corroborated by Walker, the nurse -- the 9-year-old had a 'weird grin' and walked backward up a wall to the ceiling. He then flipped over Campbell, landing on his feet. He never let go of his grandmother's hand," according tp the Indy Star.

DSC took custody of the children on the grounds they were "experiencing spiritual and emotional distress."

When Rev. Michael Maginot visited Ammons' home on April 22, 2012, lights flickered, blinds swung without air and wet footprints were witnessed. Ammons convulsed when Maginot lifted his cross to her head.

During a follow-up visit to the house while DCS still had custody of Ammons children, Lake County police accompanied Washington. The police officer's recorder died (with new batteries) but recorded "hey" by an unknown voice before shutting down. In two photos taken by police, a female's face can be seen in two cloudy images.

DCS was granted temporary custody of the three children during this time. DCS blamed Ammons for neglecting school for the children, but Ammons said some nights they would not be able to sleep or the "spirits would make them sick." Ammons was told that she needed to find a job that would provide her a safer housing alternative.

On May 10, 2012, Campbell, Ammons, and three additional police officers returned to the house. A police dog and Samantha Ilic also joined, Ilic replacing Washington who refused to return. A sticky substance kept appearing throughout the house and when wiped away would reappear. They reported it as a "manifestation" of paranormal activity.

"Maginot ultimately performed three major exorcisms on Ammons -- two in English, and the last one in Latin -- in June 2012 at his Merrillville church," further reports the Indy Star. 

Ammons and Campbell relocated to Indianapolis. Custody of all three children was regained in November 2012.

"No demonic presences or spirits in the [new] home," DCS family case manager Christina Olejnik recorded on Jan. 10, 2013. The case was closed by DCS in February 2013.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.