A family in Saudi Arabia revealed they were shocked to discover their Indonesian housemaid had used black magic on them to achieve personal gains, local press reported Friday.
The housemaid identified as Suma Rini said she cast a total of 55 spells, which resulted in some members of the family slipping into a coma, a boy being hospitalized and other members being afflicted with various illnesses and pain, the Saudi Gazette reported.
The Saudi national, who was not named in the report, described how the family realized there was something wrong with the housemaid when she visited their son in hospital and told his mother that the boy was possessed by Satan.
The housemaid said she had read about sorcery, magic and conjuring up jinns while she was in Indonesia and said she could see in the boy's eyes that he was possessed, the paper reported.
The Saudi national said they began to suspect the housemaid was involved after she ran away in panic saying "everything had become dark" when the Quran was recited in an attempt to alleviate the boy, the paper said.
Rini was arrested after she was tricked with a fake check into confessing that she had cast the spells. Rini told the family although she knew how to perform magic but did not know how to undo it.
The authorities found the places where she had hid the spells and the paper reported that the housemaid had used pins, nails, broken glass, clothe hangers and symbols that no one could understand.