Three siblings murdered their elderly mother after gouging out her eyes and cutting out her intestines in a horrific satanic ritual, police claim.
The mutilated body of Teodora Quispe Ccayllahua, 75, was found by police after one of her children allegedly claimed the "master of darkness" ordered the killing.
The trip is accused of dumping the pensioner’s remains in a pond and bathing in her blood.
The victim’s youngest child allegedly told detectives that she was "chosen" to carry out the sacrifice during a strange dream and convinced her two siblings to murder their mother.
Ms Ccayllahua’s body was found inside her house in the mountain village of Andabamba, northern Peru, but some of her organs were missing.
Her three children, Aurelia Quispe, 38, Percy Quispe, 41 and Marcelina Suane, 46, were later caught by National Police officers and have allegedly confessed to the murder.
According to police, the siblings conspired together to kill their mother on Saturday night in a grotesque healing ritual in which a loved one needed to be sacrificed to the devil.
Police commissioner Julio Torreblanca told the Peru 21 TV channel that one of the sisters gouged out the woman’s eyes during the rite, then cut out some internal organs, including her intestines, with a knife.
They then threw her insides into a nearby pond and bathed in their mother’s blood, “invoking the devil”, he said.
Aurelia, described by police as the ringleader, allegedly said at the moment she was arrested: “The master of darkness ordered me, the king of demons is already with us, we are more and every day we will become bigger.”
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Police claim she told them she had convinced her older siblings to offer their mother in the human sacrifice after having “a strange dream, in which I heard I had been chosen".
"Then a small frog appeared at my door,” she added.
Police later recovered the woman’s eyes and internal organs, which were taken with her body for autopsy.
Locals claimed that satanic sects operating in remote areas of the Santa Cruz province are known to practise such gruesome rituals, promising cures, success and financial gain.
The prosecutor in charge of the case described the crime as “terrifying”.
The three siblings were charged with qualified homicide, which can be punished with life imprisonment.
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