Terrance Cottrell, Jr.

Portrait photo of Terrance Cottrell Jr.Name: Terrance Cottrell, Jr.
Died: Aug. 25, 2003.
Age at death: 8.
Cause of death: Death in restraint.
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Terrance’s mother took him to church for an exorcism, hoping to cure his autism. The boy was pinned to the ground by several adults, and died of suffocation while his mother watched.

Perpetrator: Patricia Cooper (Mother); not charged. Ray Hemphill (Pastor); convicted of child abuse; sentenced to 2-and-a-half years.

Source: Hemphill Sentenced Over Boy’s “Exorcism” Death