A 15-year-old Czech girl allegedly tied up a 10-year-old in a wooded area and chopped off her fingers with an ax in order to sacrifice the digits to Satan.
Authorities in the southern city of Brno say Alena Skrivankova told Jitka Svehlova’s parents they were going outside to play.
In the woods, things took a turn for the worse. Skrivankova allegedly tied Svehlova to a tree and hacked off her fingers with an ax that she concealed in her backpack.
"This is a deeply disturbing case,” a police spokesman said.
"Somehow the younger girl managed to escape, and her horrified parents called the police,” he said. “When officers arrived at the scene, they found the older girl sitting on the ground with the ax in one hand and the severed fingers in the other.”
Svehlova was taken to a local hospital.
Skrivankova has been arrested and is expected to undergo psychiatric assessment.
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