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Posted Saturday, April 9, 2011 

Voodoo grandma Sylvenie Thessier gets three years for setting girl ablaze in demon-casting ritual


The house where voodoo grandma Sylvenie Thessier lived.
The house where voodoo grandma Sylvenie Thessier lived.

The voodoo grandma who stood by while her 6-year-old granddaughter was set ablaze in a bizarre demon-casting ritual was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday.


Sylvenie Thessier was led from a Queens courtroom in tears after Justice Richard Buchter scolded her for not getting Frantzcia Saintil medical attention.


"That child deserved to be cared for and deserved to have her wounds treated," Buchter said.


Thessier, 71, pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment for the June 2009 incident.


The child's mother poured rum over her head and lit her on fire to drive out evil spirits - and Thessier only doused her with water and put her to sleep, prosecutors said.


Thessier, a native of Haiti, admitted she was negligent. "But I didn't do it on purpose," she said.


Her daugther, Marie Lauradin, is set to go to trial on assault and child endangerment charges in June.


Sylvie Thessier (C) listening to the sentencing judge.



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