A 50-year-old Oklahoma woman faces homicide charges for allegedly stuffing a crucifix down her adult daughter’s throat under the belief that her daughter was possessed by Satan, PEOPLE confirms.
While performing a welfare check in Oklahoma City on Saturday, police discovered the bludgeoned body of 33-year-old Geneva Gomez, a police spokesperson tells PEOPLE. According to investigators, Gomez’s remains were allegedly covered in blood, and there was a large crucifix lying across her chest.
Gomez’s face was also bruised and swollen, the spokesperson says.
The victim’s mother, Juanita Gomez, 50, allegedly told investigators she’d punched her daughter repeatedly before shoving the crucifix and a religious medallion into her throat.
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Gomez allegedly told police her daughter was possessed, and that she believed the crucifix and medallion would help “rid Satan” from her body.
Gomez allegedly told police that after watching her die, she tried cleaning her daughter’s body.
She has been charged with murder and is being held without bail. She has not yet entered a plea, and court records do not show whether she has retained an attorney.