Son, 19, who drowned his alcoholic father while 'baptizing' him in a pond, tells police he was attempting to perform an exorcism

Son, 19, who drowned his alcoholic father while 'baptizing' him in a pond, tells police he was attempting to perform an exorcism



A 19-year-old man charged with murder in his father’s death allegedly told police he drowned his father because he was possessed by demons and needed to perform an exorcism.



Jack Callahan pleaded not guilty to murder when he appeared in court today accused of killing his father Scott Callahan, 57, CBS Boston reports. He was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning after his mom called the police to report he was 'acting erratically.'



The teen had arrived home at 2am, dripping wet, and told his mother his father was missing despite Jack traveling to pick his father up from a Boston bar earlier that evening, a court heard.



He eventually directed the police to Crooker Memorial Park where officers found Scott at the bottom of Island Creek Pond. Scott was rushed to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth where he was pronounced dead.



Jack reportedly told the authorities that he'd been trying to baptize Scott to rid him of his alcohol demons.



'He believed he was baptizing his father,' Plymouth Assistant District Attorney Shanan Buckingham said in court.



'He was holding his father in the pond on his back like a baby and that he continually dunked his head under the water about four to eight times.



'When his father started to cough and choke, he would lift his head up. And when the father started fighting, he would strike him and push his head back down into the water.'


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