Republican Who Gave Daughter To Rapist Had Exorcisms Performed To Get Rid Of Scary Demons

The story of Arkansas State Rep. Justin Harris keeps getting more and more horrific as time goes on. Recently, the Arkansas Times has been reaching into Harris’ closet and pulling out enough skeletons to make H.H. Holmes a very rich man.

Harris adopted two little girls — one 3 years old, and the other 6 years old. After about 14 months, he and his wife Marsha “rehomed” the children to another family — that of a former employee at a daycare the Harrises own. Shortly after the girls move into his home that employee, Eric Cameron Francis, raped the six-year-old and two other little girls.

“Rehoming” is a completely legal method of abandoning one’s children — one that allows “parents” to give their kids to pretty much anyone with a pulse. Conveniently, no background checks are performed, criminal records are a nonissue, and there are zero repercussions if something goes wrong once the child(ren) is in his or her new house.

Since this information regarding Harris was unearthed, the politician has been doing what the Right does best: damage control — though he has been doing that quite poorly, decrying legitimate concerns about his decision to hand his adopted children off to a [email protected]#$ing rapist as “evil” attempts to “smear” him.

Harris claims that he absolutely needed to rehome the children because the Arkansas Department of Human Services threatened to charge him with child abandonment if he tried to give the girls back to them — and these children, according to the elected official, were dangerous. They were such a threat to his three boys, Harris says, that they were forced to sleep in their parents’ locked bedroom to protect themselves from the little girls.

Though the girls were not dangerous and simply needed special care, the Harrises tried to solve their problem with the ultimate health care tool: Their wacky religion.

The girls, whom they believed were possessed by demons and had telepathic powers, were regularly secluded from the rest of the family — often kept in their rooms and monitored with a video camera. According to the Arkansas Times:

Chelsey Goldsborough, who regularly babysat for the Harrises, said Mary was kept isolated from Annie and from the rest of the family. She was often confined for hours to her room, where she was monitored by a video camera. The reason: The Harrises believed the girls were possessed by demons and could communicate telepathically, Goldsborough said.

Goldsborough says “Harris and his wife once hired specialists to perform an ‘exorcism’ on the two sisters while she waited outside the house with the boys,” the Times reports.

“Multiple sources who interacted with the family confirmed Goldsborough’s account that the Harrises believed the children were possessed, and another source close to the family said that Marsha Harris spoke openly about the supposed demonic possession,” the times notes.

“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,” Goldsborough said.

According to Goldsborough, the girls were kept in rooms outfitted with locks, alarms, and cameras. They were not allowed near one another because, as noted, they were demon-possessed hellspawn who could communicate telepathically. It also seems that the couple do not quite understand how telepathy works.

Goldsborough says that “Annie” was permitted to occasionally roam the house, but “Mary” was confined strictly to her room. “We couldn’t ever take [Mary] out. I’d watch her from a camera,” Goldsborough explained. “I think it’s crazy. They were adopted, so they’re going to want TLC.”

For their part, the Harrises deny the assertions by numerous individuals that they believe in telepathy and exorcisms. “Exorcisms and telepathy are not part of the Harrises’ religious practice,” said Harris’ attorney Jenniger Wells. “They followed the techniques in a book called ‘When Love Is Not Enough, a Parent’s Guide to Reactive Attachment Disorder’ by Nancy Thomas, who is a recognized expert on therapeutic parenting techniques.”

While they deny that they had “exorcisms” performed on the children, other sources back Goldsborough’s claim that at least one exorcism was performed. The former babysitter says that the Harrises 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.” Another source told the Times that Marsha Harris showed a video she claimed revealed a demon interacting with one of the girls. The second source said demons were an “obsession” of Marsha Harris’.

“They consider it to be spiritual warfare,” said the unnamed source. “I’m a Christian, and I have these beliefs, but this was completely beyond anything I’ve ever seen or heard about.”

Goldsborough says that the “Mary’s” toys were taken away “because a demon told [Mary] not to share. … Demons told her to not appreciate [her toys] and all that, so they took away all the toys and her colored clothes.”

Were the girls any more out of sorts than other children their age? Were they violent?  “Yeah — they’d throw a fit sometimes if I made them eat their broccoli,” Goldsborough told the Times. “They were like any other kid I watched.”

While she was appalled by the treatment of the children, the former babysitter says she felt like she needed to be there. “I think everything happens for a reason, so I feel like I was there for a reason,” she said. “In some ways I did break the rules and give [Mary] attention. When it was just me and her one night, I took her on a walk down the street to hang out and took her to the playground.”

The horrific experiences through which these children went are heartbreaking — and it seems as though this recent information is the tip of a terrible, fundamentalist iceberg.