Stockton Area Man, Son Arrested For Kidnapping Woman To Perform Exorcism

STOCKTON (CBS/AP) — A father and son are in custody in California on suspicion of kidnapping the father’s ex-wife to perform an exorcism.

San Joaquin County Sheriff’s officials say 42-year-old Jose Magana-Farias and his son, 20-year-old Victor Farias, thought the woman was possessed because her behavior had changed.

Lt. Mike Jones said they picked her up on Saturday in Stockton and got two priests. The priests aren’t expected to face charges, according to the station.

According to a sheriff’s report, the woman was doused with sacred oil during some sort of religious ceremony. She was later found unharmed.

Magana-Farias and his son are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday afternoon. It was not immediately clear whether they had attorneys or had been charged.

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