It’s been scarcely a week since I first posted about Arkansas politician, Republican, and :::ahem::: good Christian man, Justin Harris, but let’s replay the back story:
Harris and his wife Marsha [above] adopted two little girls — a 3-year old and a 6-year old — but just over a year later, they “re-homed” the girls, which is a polite way of saying they gave them away, to another family, something that is perfectly legal in Arkansas where children can be traded like baseball cards and magazines. The husband in that family, Eric Cameron Francis, subsequently raped the 6-year old girl and two other little girls.
Linda Blair say what?
It seems the Harrises were desperate to “re-home” the girls because they believed them to be dangerous, although others who knew the family, and the girls, say the two just needed specialized care, having been victims of neglect and sexual abuse before being removed from their original home and placed with DHS.
Chelsey Goldsborough, a babysitter for the Harris family, said one of the girls, "Mary," was kept away from her sister "Annie" and from the rest of the family, often locked in her room which was outfitted with locks, alarms and video cameras; the Harrises believed the girls were possessed by demons and could communicate telepathically.
"The first night I was over there, I just broke down and cried with this little girl because I just felt so bad for her." — Chelsey Goldsborough
Goldsborough also says the Harrises claim to have seen proof of demons in a photograph, saying they showed her a "picture of [Mary] where they're like, 'You can see the demon rising from her back,' and it just looked like a little 6-year-old to me."
Goldsborough says the Harrises hired specialists to perform an ‘exorcism’ on the girls while she waited outside the house with the boys; multiple other sources, who knew the family and the girls, confirm Goldsborough's account that the Harrises believed the girls were possessed. Naturally, Justin and Marsha Harris deny those claims and, through their attorney, say that “exorcisms and telepathy” are not part of their religious practice.
SIDENOTE: It appears this story will not go away soon; the Arkansas Times broke the story originally and are continuing their investigation into the Harrises and their home life.