Chile hunts sect members accused of burning baby
by Associated Press Wire
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In this April 19, 2013 photo released by Chile's Police Investigative Unit on Thursday, April 25, 2013, an investigator collects samples of dirt at a farm used by a sect that is accused of burning a baby alive, in Colliguay, near the Chilean port of Valparaiso. Police on Thursday, arrested four people accused of burning a baby alive in a ritual because the leader of the sect believed that the end of the world was near and that the child was the antichrist. (AP Photo/ Chile's Police Investigative Unit)
In this April 19, 2013 photo released by Chile's Police Investigative Unit on Thursday, April 25, 2013, an investigator collects samples of dirt at a farm used by a sect that is accused of burning a baby alive, in Colliguay, near the Chilean port of Valparaiso. Police on Thursday, arrested four people accused of burning a baby alive in a ritual because the leader of the sect believed that the end of the world was near and that the child was the antichrist. (AP Photo/ Chile's Police Investigative Unit)
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In this April 19, 2013 photo released by Chile's Police Investigative Unit on Thursday, April 25, 2013, investigators search for evidence in a house that was used to perform rites by a sect at a house in Colliguay, near the Chilean port of Valparaiso. Police on Thursday, arrested four people accused of burning a baby alive in a ritual because the leader of the sect believed that the end of the world was near and that the child was the antichrist. (AP Photo/ Chile's Police Investigative Unit)
In this April 19, 2013 photo released by Chile's Police Investigative Unit on Thursday, April 25, 2013, investigators search for evidence in a house that was used to perform rites by a sect at a house in Colliguay, near the Chilean port of Valparaiso. Police on Thursday, arrested four people accused of burning a baby alive in a ritual because the leader of the sect believed that the end of the world was near and that the child was the antichrist. (AP Photo/ Chile's Police Investigative Unit)
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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean police are searching for three people accused of burning a baby alive in a doomsday ritual.

Police began searching for the suspects on Friday in the southern region of Araucania.

Officials say the 3-day-old baby was thrown onto a bonfire in November because the leader of the sect believed that the child was the antichrist.

Police arrested four other members of the sect Thursday after a months-long investigation. Among them was the baby's mother, 25-year-old Natalia Guerra.

In her written court statement, she said that all sect members knew that her child "would be murdered" and that they had to obey the leader because he "was God."

The ringleader is 36-year-old Ramon Gustavo Castillo. Police say he escaped to Peru and authorities are working with Interpol to capture him.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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