A pastor has been arrested for allegedly doing meth with parishioners and conducting an exorcism on an emaciated toddler.
Lloyd Lasker Jr, who runs the House of Refuge and Deliverance Ministries in the US state of Arkansas, was detained by police at a gas station on September 22, allegedly in possession of a pipe and methamphetamine.
Police say they were called to the church to do a welfare check and found a bruised and emaciated 21-month-old child with his mother.
The mum told officers that the boy was "possessed by a demon" and the youngster was admitted to hospital with a brain bleed and malnourishment.
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When police arrested 49-year-old Lasker Jr in Mayflower, Arkansas, he reportedly admitted trying to carry out the exorcism but would not give the authorities further details.
Officers say he told them he did not know the drugs or pipe were in his truck but supposedly admitted taking the substance with parishioners and the boy's mother.
When his home was searched police found a shotgun, which he was banned from possessing because he is a convicted felon.
Lasker Jr was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a gun by a convicted felon.
He is due back in court on October 13 after he was released from custody with a $7,500 (£5,800) bond.
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