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Tampa man accused of burning child during Santeria ceremony

Police say he pressed a lit cigar into the child’s back and held it there.
Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Jaime Amoguea Fonseca

TAMPA, Fla — A man told Tampa police he was “possessed by a spirit” and smoking a cigar during a religious ceremony when he burned a child – but he claimed it was just an accident.

Officers say it was intentional.

Jaime Amoguea Fonseca is accused of burning a child with a lit cigar, while a group of people were participating in Santeria ritual.

According to the arrest report, the child told police Amoguea Fonseca lifted up his shirt without his permission, pressed a lit cigar between his shoulder blades – and held it there.

Police say his injuries matched his story, so officers took Amoguea Fonseca into custody.

The 32-year-old is charged with aggravated child abuse.

Officers say the child’s mother is a friend of Amoguea Fonseca, and she was there when it happened because the ceremony was taking place at their home.

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