19 May '11, 5am

US mum admits setting her 6-year-old daughter on fire in an attempted voodoo ritual

NEW YORK - PROSECUTORS say a New York City woman admitted setting fire to her young daughter during a voodoo ritual by pouring flammable liquid on the girl's head and igniting it, scarring her body. Marie Lauradin pleaded guilty on Wednesday to first-degree assault by pouring the liquid on her then-6-year-old daughter at their Queens home in 2009. Prosecutors say Lauradin poured the accelerant on her daughter's head and in a circle on the floor as part of a voodoo practice involving a loa, or spirit. Prosecutors say the judge indicated he would sentence her to 17 years in prison. She also faces possible deportation back to her native Haiti. Defence attorney Jeff Cohen says his client admitted that her actions were reckless, but he would not comment on her motives. -- AP

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