COUNCIL CHRONICLE – Last week, West Virginia authorities arrested a 36-year-old father of two who, allegedly, tried to ‘baptize’ his entire family by drowning them in the bathtub. The man’s wife called the authorities after the suspect forced her into the bathroom.
West Virginia Man Claims God Told Him to Baptize His Family
Logan County sheriff’s deputies recently arrested 36-year-old Lesley Kelly, a West Virginia man. The suspect has been charged with three counts of attempted murder, domestic battery, and child abuse.
According to the police report, last week, a Chapmanville woman called the emergency line to report that her husband attempted to drown her and two children.
When the deputies arrived at Kelly’s house, his wife was standing outside, soaking wet. She told the authorities that her husband attempted to drown the entire family because he heard the calling of God.
Kelly, who was inside the house when the lawmen arrived, surrendered to them, saying that he’s well aware of what he’s done and that he wants to be punished.
During questioning, the West Virginia man claimed he heard the calling of God for some time and that everything he’s done was to honor the Lord. More than that, according to Kelly’s confession, he desperately wanted his family to go to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Barry Mynes Jr., one of the deputies present during Kelly’s arrest, declared that the man was more than convinced that his gesture will enable his family to get to Heaven.
Based on the victims’ testimonies, it would appear that the man first dragged his wife to the bathroom, were he force-submerged her in the bathtub. He then grabbed the children and forced them in the tub to baptize them, while his wife desperately tried to stop him.
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