Arkansas Republican ‘Rehomed’ Adopted Daughters to Rapist ‘Because They Were Possessed by Demons’
Last week we reported on Arkansas State Rep. Justin Harris, who “re-homed” his young adopted girls just months after they took them in to a household where one was raped.
Now, witnesses claim he and his wife gave the girls up because they believed the girls could communicate telepathically and were possessed by demons.
In a press conference last Friday, the Harrises claimed they were never told the girls were violent or posed a risk to other children by the Department of Human Services. Harris says the department did not give them any aid and threatened to charge him with child abandonment.
According to the Arkansas Times, however, “two foster families who cared for the girls prior to the Harris adoption, the girls’ biological mother, a former DHS employee familiar with the proceedings, and a former babysitter at the Harrisses’ home” all dispute almost every detail of Harris’ account.
Babysitter Chelsey Goldsborough told the paper that she was alarmed at the way the family treated the three girls.
According to the Times, the family sent the oldest girl, 6, to a state hospital because Harris said she posed a threat to his biological sons.
Meanwhile, Goldsborough says the 4-year-old was mostly locked in her room and watched via video camera.
She says Marsha Harris told her the girls were possessed and communicated telepathically so they had to be kept separate. Marsha Harris also reportedly got an “exorcist” to “cast out their demons.”
“The first night I was over there, I just broke down and cried with this little girl because I felt so bad for her,” Goldsborough said.
Another witness who asked to remain anonymous told the Times, “They consider it to be spiritual warfare. I’m a Christian and I have these beliefs, but this was completely beyond anything I’ve ever seen or heard about.”
Other foster families who cared for the girls before said that they were never violent but that they warned the Harrises that the girls may not be a good fit for their household because of their traumatic upbringing which included sexual and physically abuse.
Rather than attempt to have the girls placed back with DHS or get assistance, Harris decided to “rehome” the girls to the home of Eric and Stacey Francis.
Eric, who worked at Harris’ religious daycare center for a time and had sexually molested other children, raped the 6-year-old girl while she was in his care and is now serving a 40-year prison sentence.