A four-year-old Russian boy with pneumonia died in the Primorye region during an exorcism after his parents told a Korean shaman to remove "evil spirits" from his body, multiple Russian news reports said Thursday.
The child, identified as Dmitry Kazachuk, stopped breathing during the ritual in the local village of Sergeyevka on Saturday, after the parents of the child asked So Dyavor and her Korean husband Kim Sende to perform a ritual to exorcise "evil spirits."
There was no trace of violence on the boy's body and that the cause of his death has not been found, according to news reports.
Police told a local tabloid Tvoi Den that the boy's pneumonia could be one of the possible reasons for his death.
News reports said the boy was left alone in the room when the shaman performed the exorcism.
The boy and his family had initially planned to request help for their grandmother for her diabetes but the shaman told them that the boy had put a curse on the entire family, they said.
- The Korea Herald/Asia News Network