Phoenix man who believed son was a demon is accused of murdering son with ax

For the believers: if your god told you to kill your child, would you?

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A Phoenix man killed his 13-year-old son with an ax because he thought the boy was a demon, police said Wednesday.

The suspect, 51-year-old Gary Sherrill, confessed to murdering his son, David, on Tuesday afternoon because he was afraid of him, Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos said in a press release.

“(He) stated he was scared of his son and believed his son was a demon and was going to eat him,” Martos said.

Sherrill was arrested and booked on suspicion of first-degree murder, he said.

The boy’s mother asked police to check on her son Tuesday because her ex-husband was late returning him and she hadn’t been able to reach either him or her son, Martos said.

At about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Police conducted a welfare check of Sherrill’s residence at 6200 North 10th Place, Martos said.

Sherrill at first told officers that the child wasn’t home, but…

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