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Woman Says Son Tried To Choke Her, Claims Satan Made Him

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Two people are in custody in connection with the body found in a home on the city's east side Tuesday night, where a woman said her son threatened her life, saying Satan told him to do it.

The people were taken into custody on the 1200 block of Parsons Avenue Wednesday.

No charges have been filed, but police are calling the pair persons of interest.

Police cruisers have been guarding the property in the 1100 block of Wildwood Avenue Wednesday as detectives try to sort out what happened at the home Tuesday night.

The story involves bleach, plastic gloves, a body in the basement, and claims of satanic sacrifice.

The woman told neighbors that she awoke to the smell of bleach Tuesday night, and found her youngest son in her home with his girlfriend.

She told police on a 911 call, "They went down in the basement. They put on plastic gloves. They got bleach. They tried to lure me down in the basement."

She escaped to a neighbor's home.

"She busted out her front door and ran over here beating on our door, wanting someone to dial 911 for her, that her son was over there choking her to death, or trying to," said Stephanie Butler, the woman's neighbor.

Butler said the woman was clearly shaken and felt lucky to have escaped.

On a 911 call, the woman said, "As he was choking me out, the girlfriend was behind him going, 'Don't stop! Don't stop! Don't stop!'"

By the time police arrived, the woman's son and his girlfriend were gone, but inside the home, officers found the body of a female.

Police will only say that the death appears unusual and unexplainable.

There was no weapon was found inside the home.

The woman told police that she's never known her son to do drugs, but found his behavior unusual and unexplainable, especially when he suggested being possessed by the devil.

"Satan told him if I don't sacrifice you, I have to take my own life tonight. That's what he said," the woman told police.

Police reports identify the son and his girlfriend as suspects, but detectives won't say if they have identified the victim or the circumstances of her death.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbus police homicide squad at 614-645-4730 or Crime Stoppers at 614-645-TIPS.

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