Florida Cult Leader Charged With Murder Of Toddler, Many Other Children May Have Been Tortured

She allegedly tortured and starved a toddler to death and was previously convicted of putting a 12-year-old in a bathtub full of chemicals.

Police in Cobbs County, Georgia have arrested a woman that have deemed a “former cult member” for the murder of a child in Florida. Police also believe she has abused many more children while running her alleged cult.

Anna Elizabeth Young, now 75, ran the House of Prayer for All People in Micanopy, Florida for ten years.

On Thursday, Young was arrested, according to the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office and indicted on a first-degree murder charge for the death of a toddler named Emon Harper in the late 1980s. According to the Gainesville Sun, Young allegedly tortured and starved the young boy to death.

Young has not yet entered a plea on the murder charge and it is unclear if she has a lawyer that can speak on her behalf. She’s currently awaiting extradition from Georgia to Florida.

In 2001, Young was convicted of child abuse after she bathed a 12-year-old girl in a steel bathtub full of chemicals, resulting in burns. According to the police press release, Young was charged in connection with the bathtub abuse in 1992 but fled and hid out in an Illinois attic for 8 years until she was caught. She subsequently pleaded no contest and served half a year in prison.  

Police believe there are many more victims.

“Witnesses came forward from the House of Prayer alleging brutality and even some children being murdered,” Art Forgey, a spokesman with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office told ABC 20. He told the Sun even more disturbing details, citing missing children and demon exorcism. And, it might have gone on for decades.

“We have documentation involving her clear back the ’60s,” he said. “We did extensive forensic examination on the property this summer. We are still analyzing the evidence that we gathered.”

[Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office]

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