Florida man burns child as part of spiritual ceremony, police say

Jaime Javier Amoguea Fonseca was arrested early Sunday morning in Tampa. (Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)
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Jaime Javier Amoguea Fonseca was arrested early Sunday morning in Tampa. (Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)

A Florida man is accused of burning a 14-year-old boy with a cigar during a spiritual ceremony early Sunday, authorities said.

Jaime Javier Amoguea Fonseca, 32, of Tampa, was charged with child abuse-torture, according to a probable cause affidavit by the Tampa Police Department.

Officers responded to a Tampa residence at 1:30 a.m. and found the boy, who said he was burned by Amoguea Fonseca during a Santeria ceremony, WFLA reported.

According to police, the boy said he did not want to participate in the ceremony, and that Amoguea Fonseca, who was invited by the teen’s mother, burned the youth’s back with a lit cigar, according to the affidavit.

Santeria is an Afro-Caribbean religion that was created out of the slave trade in Cuba, WFLA reported. The ceremony uses rituals to communicate with spirits.

According to the affidavit, the boy said Amoguea Fonseca approached him from behind, lifted up his shirt and pressed a cigar against his back,

Amoguea Fonseca told deputies he was possessed by spirits during the ceremony and said the teen accidentally brushed up against his cigar while walking past him, the affidavit said.

According to the police affidavit, Amoguea Fonseca told the officer he loses control of his body and is unaware of what is happening when he is possessed by spirits.

Amoguea Fonseca was arrested and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail at 2:55 a.m., according to the report.