Paterson woman who forced daughter into ritual pleads guilty

The woman who made her young daughter take part in an initiation religious ritual in Paterson has pleaded guilty to child neglect and cruelty charges.Officials

PATERSON - The woman who made her young daughter take part in an initiation religious ritual in Paterson has pleaded guilty to child neglect and cruelty charges.

Officials say a chicken was sacrificed and its heart fed to the 7-year-old girl. The practice is reportedly part of a religion that originated in central Africa.

The girl told a teacher she was having nightmares, sparking the investigation.

The mother faces up to five years probation.

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