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No charges in alleged kidnapping exorcism

November 15, 2013

STOCKTON, California (AP) — Prosecutors say they will not file charges against a father and son arrested on suspicion of kidnapping the father’s ex-wife in California to perform an exorcism.

Deputy District Attorney Robert Himelblau declined to say why 42-year-old Jose Magana-Farias and 20-year-old Victor Farias would not be charged, according to The Record of Stockton (http://bit.ly/HUUVUQ).

Sheriff’s Deputy Les Garcia says prosecutors cited insufficient evidence. He didn’t know whether authorities would continue to investigate.

The father and son were accused of kidnapping 41-year-old Blanca Farias on Saturday. They were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Blanca Farias told News10 in Sacramento they told her she had devils inside her and took her to a church, where they bathed her in oil and made her drink it.