Infant who died might have been hurt in voodoo ritual

Infant Who Died May Have Been Hurt In Voodoo Ritual

SUNNYSIDE, Queens (WPIX) -- New details emerging Tuesday paint a clearer picture of what happened to a 5-month-old girl who died in Queens.

Law enforcement sources told PIX11 News the infant's parents took the baby to a priestess who performed a voodoo ritual on her. The child's father allegedly said the baby had an "evil eye" and always cried, so they sought help in the priestess. But soon after the ritual, the child died.

Alaia Baque was found unconscious and unresponsive Saturday moring at her home along Greenpoint Avenue in Sunnyside, police said. She was rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Baque, whose death has been ruled a homicide by the city's Medical Examiner, had suffered eight skull fractures, four impact sites, bleeding eyes likely caused by shaking, and bruising to her head.

The child's family has been investigated by the Administration for Children's Services (ACS) because of an alleged incident with their older son, but the accusations were unfounded, sources said.

No arrests have been made in the case, but are expected.

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