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Man Gets Up to Life in Prison in Exorcism Slaying of Daughter

January 30, 1993

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) _ A man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Friday for drowning his 5-year-old daughter in a bathtub during an attempted exorcism in 1978.

Marcos Morales, 56, was convicted in October of first-degree murder in the death of his daughter Lisa. His wife Beatriz, 47, was convicted of second- degree murder.

Superior Court Judge Richard Weatherspoon added five years to Morales’ sentence for a prior felony conviction, making the total sentence 30 years to life.

Lisa’s parents thought she was possessed by demons after she pushed a sister down a flight of stairs, prosecutor Lew Rosenblum said during the trial.

They kept the child naked and unwashed in a bathroom, finally drowning her in November 1978 during a supposed exorcism, prosecutors said. Lisa’s body was never found.

Witnesses, including Lisa’s older sister, said the parents took the body to Mexico and buried it on a beach.

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