A Spartanburg woman was charged with two counts of child neglect after calling 911 asking for a priest to remove the demons from her 5-year-old son, WATE.com reported September 28. According to reports Danielle Emily Hughes, 23 placed the call from her Southstar Street home after first calling a suicide hotline claiming her son being possessed by demons.
Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the call September 20 and found the children, a 5-year-old boy and a 5-month old infant were living in a deplorable environment. Trash, dirty diapers and spoiled milk bottles were scattered throughout the master bedroom. The living room was littered with trash and toys, and dead roaches were found in the home. The infant had bug bites on her legs, and no formula was found inside the home. A pit bull was discovered outside without food or water.
Due to the conditions in the home the children were placed into protective services with the Department of Social Services. Hughes was taken to the hospital for evaluation and put on medication, admitting she’d had issues in the past with anxiety. Online records show Hughes was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center on September 25.
According to a September 28 Fox Carolina News report, Hughes is staying with family in North Carolina. Hughes stated in an interview
“I had reason to believe the house was haunted. I’m on medication, and I’m doing everything I can to get my kids back. DSS said that I could get my kids back soon if I continue to stay on my meds, and I keep my house clean.”
Hughes no longer believes her home is haunted and believes that was an issue with her not being on her medication. With September being suicide prevention month, Hughes made a wise decision to ask for help, preventing what could have been a tragic ending to this story.