|An evil spirit possessed this woman|
A woman and three children who claimed to be possessed by demons. A 9-year-old boy walking backward up a wall in the presence of a family case manager and hospital nurse.
Gary police Capt. Charles Austin said it was the strangest story he had ever heard.
...Many of the events are detailed in nearly 800 pages of official records obtained by The Indianapolis Star and recounted in more than a dozen interviews with police, DCS personnel, psychologists, family members and a Catholic priest.
Ammons, who swears by her story, has been unusually open. While she spoke on condition her children not be interviewed or named, she signed releases letting The Star review medical, psychological and official records that are not open to the public — and not always flattering.
... Eventually, after listening to Campbell and Ammons talk about the house and visiting it, officials at one church told them the Carolina Street house had spirits in it. They recommended the family clean the home with bleach and ammonia, then use oil to draw crosses on every door and window.
fortunately the Department of Children's Services stepped in:
In April 2012, DCS petitioned Lake Juvenile Court for temporary wardship of the three children. The request was granted.
DCS found that Ammons neglected her children's education by not having them in school regularly. The agency made the same finding in 2009, its records show.
Ammons told Washington there were times she could not send the kids to school because "the spirits would make them sick, or they would be up all night without sleep."
and the kids saw actual experts rather than cranks or exorcist priests:
Clinical psychologist Joel Schwartz, who evaluated Ammons' daughter and older son, came to a similar conclusion.
"There also appears to be a need to assess the extent to which (Ammons' daughter) may have been unduly influenced by her mother's concerns that the family was exposed to paranormal experiences," Schwartz wrote.
And DCS instructed the mom:
she needed to use "alternate forms of discipline not directly related to religion and demon possession,"
A Reverand Maginot led a police investigation of the house:
Or if someone had died in the house and was buried under the stairs, it could explain paranormal activity, Maginot added.
One of the police officers dug a 4-foot by 3-foot hole beneath the stairs, unearthing a pink press-on fingernail, a white pair of panties, a political shirt pin, a lid for a small cooking pan, socks with the bottoms cut off below the ankles, candy wrappers and a heavy metal object that looked like a weight for a drapery cord, police records state.
Finding nothing else, the officer replaced the dirt and raked over it.
After being exorcised and then moving away...
It would be the last time Ammons saw Maginot. She and her mother drove back to Indianapolis, where they say they now live without fear.
Ammons' old home on Carolina Street became an object of local curiosity — so much so that the owner and andlord, Charles Reed, called the Gary Police Department to ask officers to stop driving by the house because it was scaring his new tenant.
He said there were no problems in the home before or after Ammons and her family lived there.
And we have a happy ending:
"No demonic presences or spirits in the home," DCS family case manager Christina Olejnik wrote in team meeting notes dated Jan. 10, 2013. She did not return calls from The Star seeking comment.Sorry, lady, we're all immune to your story if this poll is any guide. Few minds have been changed by reading this bizarre story:
"The family is no longer fixated solely on religion to explain or cope with the children's behavior issues," Olejnik and her supervisor wrote in a request for dismissal of wardship dated Jan. 24, 2013.
For her part, Ammons said it was not the psychologists who resolved her problems but God.
"When you hear something like this," she said, "don't assume it's not real because I've lived it. I know it's real."
I have to admit, though, I'd like to know what possessed her to dye her hair that ridiculous color and smear that horrendous eye shadow on her eyelids.