Bible verse babysitter 'murder'
Disturbing notes found at scene suggest killer babysitter used Bible verse as ‘inspiration’.
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Police investigating a US woman at the centre of a shocking death of a child in her care may have used a Bible verse from a sermon as “inspiration”, according to Huffington Post.

Kimberly Lucas was babysitting the children of her former partner when, according to the surviving child, she gave them pills. When the 10-year-old boy awoke, he found that Lucas was asleep and the bathroom door locked. When he opened the bathroom door using a knife, he discovered his sister submerged in the bath. He tried to resuscitate his sister and called for help. When emergency services arrived they found the boy and his sister unconscious. The girl died from her injuries.

Both children were found to have been given large amounts of sedative.

Biblical inspiration?

Investigators found a note on an open computer at the home which referred to a sermon about Abraham sacrificing his son Isaac (Genesis: 22) in which God tells Abraham to stop as Abraham is about to kill the boy. Lucas’ note is reported to say “… but God never told me to stop.”

The note also says, somewhat cryptically “…When you are laying in bed at night, remember you fucking did this too yourself” (sic).

Lucas was released from hospital after she recovered and has been charged with murder.

There have been other cases in recent months of parents that have used religious beliefs in their parenting to extremes resulting in the injury or death of children.

These include extreme diets, violent beating/discipline and faith healing.

If a child is harmed or injured, there are laws which exist to protect the rights of a child to be free from emotional, psychological or physical abuse, and the application of these laws could see the children being removed from the parents depending on the circumstances.

If you have ever witnessed or suspected child abuse, do report it:

Child abuse: you can help

Have you ever witnessed religious extremes in parenting?

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