Prosecutors said in a hearing this week that the child, who suffered from seizures and developmental delays, might have died from a lack of medical treatment. Instead of giving him medicine, his father allegedly performed rituals to rid the boy of his ailments.
Police were told by at least one of the children found living on the compound that the boy died during one of the rituals, which involved the dad reading from the Quran and placing his hand on the child’s forehead.
Family and authorities had assumed since the discovery of the body that it was the boy, but decomposition made identifying him difficult.
Von Chelet Leveille, brother of the child's father's Islamic wife Jany Leveille, said his sister told him the boy would come back to life as Jesus.
Prosecutors said children on the site were told by the adults the child would come back as Jesus and then tell them what “corrupt institutions” to eliminate. The brother said that allegation isn’t true.
The father and four adult relatives each face 11 counts of child cruelty, one for every living child found on the property. No charges have been filed related to the child’s death.