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Two sisters charged with torturing girl, 5, and boy, 8, in alleged voodoo rituals in East Bridgewater

Peggy Lee LaBossiere (left) and her sister Rachel Hilaire were charged Monday with assaulting two children. –Marc Vasconcellos/Brockton Enterprise

The Randolph hairstylist said her two young children — a 5-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy — had been behaving badly “due to evil spirits,’’ so last month she took them to two sisters who she claimed could cast out the demons.

During a five-day period in an East Bridgewater apartment, according to police documents, one of the sisters threatened to cut off the boy’s head. They allegedly blew fire into the girl’s face, burning her and inflicting permanent disfigurement. And on two occasions, the sisters and the girl’s mother held her down, and used a sharp object resembling a needle to cut her arm and collarbone area.

Police charged the women with abusing the children but the sisters said they were practicing their religion, Haitian voodoo.

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