When Latoya Ammons began making claims that all three of her children showed signs of being possessed, the authorities got involved. It’s hard to blame them, especially after so many cases of child murders in which the mothers claimed the same.
Ammons was very specific in her description of what she was witnessing in her Gary, Indiana home. Her testimonies included “evil” smiles, bulging eyes and strangely deep voices coming from her small children.There were other strange occurrences, including swarms of flies around the house, footsteps in the basement and wet footprints streaking across the living room floor. Ammons also said she witnessed her 12-year-old daughter levitating above her bed after she heard screaming coming from her room. Afterwards, the little girl remembered nothing about what others, including some guests of the Ammons, witnessed that strange day.
Anyone who’s visited the Ammons’ home claims the demons seem to only target the children in the family, not adults.
A child services case worker, a nurse and police were all assigned to this bizarre case soon after the Ammons’ claims were reported. Gary police Capt. Charles Austin, who originally thought the whole situation was the parents’ get-rich-quick scheme, soon became a “believer.” He changed his mind after making several visits to the home. He was especially disturbed when he heard similar accounts by other witnesses, including the nurse and social worker. Most officers with the police department soon became too scared to stay at the house and some city officials refused to visit.
It was originally a clairvoyant who told the Ammons that the house was possessed by 200 demons. The family had reached out to her after reaching a dead-end in terms of other options. They couldn’t afford to move out of their home. Soon after, the Ammons’ home was eventually “exorcized” by a Catholic priest, and the exorcisms were reportedly authorized by the Diocese of Gary. Did the exorcisms help? Not really.
A year after the reported posssessions, authorities sent over a social worker, who ran a psychiatric evaluation of the mother to see if she was mentally ill or abusing the children she claimed were possessed. Valerie Washington’s report said that Latoya Ammons was a perfectly sane and good mother. The most disturbing part of her report was that she too verified the strange occurrences.
The social worker confirmed that she too had witnessed the youngest boy growling before his eyes rolled back in his head. She also claimed she saw the nine-year-old boy flash a “weird grin” before walk backward up a wall to the ceiling. Her account was corroborated by a nurse.
“There’s no way he could’ve done that,” the nurse told the Star.
Do you believe this family’s story? If not, why do you think authorities, who have amassed hundreds of pages documenting this case, are taking it so seriously? Share your thoughts below.