11 jump, panicked by 'devil' sighting

LA VERRIERE, France, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Eleven people jumped out of a second-floor window Saturday after apparently thinking they had seen the devil, French authorities said.

Police told Sky News the incident took place in the early hours in La Verriere, west of Paris.

Some of the injured were children, including a 4-month-old baby, who was in a serious condition in a Paris hospital.

"Thirteen people were in an apartment on the second floor when, at around 3 a.m., one of the occupants heard his child crying," Odile Faivre, deputy prosecutor in Versailles, told Sky News.

"The man in question, of African origin, who was completely naked, got up to feed his child, at which point the other occupants took him for the devil.

"He was seriously wounded in the hand after being stabbed with a knife before he was thrown out of the apartment, via the door."

He then tried to force his way back into the room.

"That's when the other occupants tried to escape by jumping out of the window, panicked by a fear of the devil," said Faivre.

Detectives are trying to find out if the group jumped voluntarily or were forced.



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Comment by Jon Heim on October 24, 2010 at 12:20am
"Some of the injured were children, including a 4-month-old baby, who was in a serious condition in a Paris hospital."

wow this is scary...it's just proof that even people who are not able to even take care of themselves yet are suffering by other's delusions.
Comment by Galen on October 24, 2010 at 5:47am
And the Darwin awards go to........
Comment by Hillary Spencer on October 25, 2010 at 10:08am
i dont even know how to respond to that!!!!!!! wow

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