Man puts his child in microwave oven. Wife claims the devil made him do it.

That old time religion, it’ll make you crraaazzzyyy:

“Satan saw my husband as a threat,” Eva Mauldin told Houston television station KHOU-TV.

A grand jury indicted Joshua Mauldin last week on child injury charges after hearing evidence that he placed the two-month-old in a motel microwave for 10 to 20 seconds.

The infant, Ana Marie, remains hospitalized. She suffered burns on the left side of her face and to her left hand, police said.

Police said Joshua Mauldin told them he put Ana Marie in the microwave because he was under stress. Eva Maudlin denied it.

“He would never do anything to hurt her. He loves her,” she said.

She is hoping to be reunited with her daughter, but Child Protective Services is working to have the parental rights severed.

I would fucking hope so.

The wife seems to be under the delusion that her husband’s efforts to become a preacher attracted Satan’s attention who then forced her husband to try and cook their baby in the microwave. Personally I think just trying to swallow all the bullshit in the Bible is enough to make some folks flip their lids and do stupid stuff and there’s an ever growing body of evidence in support of that theory showing up in newspapers all the time.

32 thoughts on “Man puts his child in microwave oven. Wife claims the devil made him do it.

  1. That’s just sick. How could this guy do that to child. I don’t understand shaking a baby let alone putting one in a microwave. Yes babies can be annoying, but you don’t hurt them. But, as bad as what he did is, his wife response is even worse. How could anyone even try and make an excuse for this type of behavior? People like this just remind me how bad religion is for the world.

  2. Yes it is sick, illegal, and just wrong no matter how you look at it. They will probably prosecute the guy, They should just take him out back with some rope, and save us all a lot of trouble.

    My 30 years as an Undertaker ( and a compassionate one, I might add… ) led me to see many horrible things about humanity. I will never cease to feel some of the feelings of hopelessness.

    I remember like it was yesterday, It has actually been two decades. But there was a beautiful 15 year old girl in a ” State of the Art ” Medical Center who died from needing an injection of ( White Blood Cells ) leukocytes. The family being Jehovah’s Witness did not allow for a blood transfusion as it was against their religious beliefs.

    But we are not talking bags full of blood, and even if we are SO WHAT.. were talking a syringe loaded with white blood cells. Until her body can learn to develop them on it’s own.  I remember this because I was so mad that I cried. I remember all the people who fought through Chemo, accidents, and a million other things. Just to see this girls family thumb their nose at such an easy fix. NO….They would rather bury this girl, than offend their religion.

    Organized, Written in stone bullshit.

  3. It’s strange, the only people here in Houston who seem aware of this are my friends and I. Granted, I don’t talk to many people these days.

  4. I didn’t think of this until later, but this story is illustrative of one of the big problems I have with religious belief.

    This woman can’t handle the reality that her husband flipped out and tried to fry their kid so she’d rather believe that an outside supernatural entity took control of her husband and forced him to do it. It’s wishful thinking at its worst.

    But let’s assume for a moment that there really is a God and, by extension, a Satan and that Satan had the foresight to see that this man was going to be a particularly effective preacher and as such took steps to ensure it would never happen. Where the hell was God during this little episode? God is, presumably, more powerful than Satan and also all-knowing. What possible purpose could God have in A) allowing an innocent child to suffer any amount of time at all inside a microwave and B) allowing one of his faithful to be thwarted in his attempts at becoming a good preacher? Just about every reason you can come up with is reprehensible and not the sort of thing a loving an just God would engage in unless he’s not as loving and just as he’s made out to be.

  5. Interesting thing about that Les. I remember reading a while ago that saying that “God told me to do it” is no longer a valid defense, but “Satan made me do it” can be considered as such.

  6. Well Les I bet I can make a better argument for this that any christian you ask. Seriously ask some christians.
      If you want the anSEWER look to the story of job.

  7. People go crazy all the time, and of course they’ll frame their craziness in the culture in which they live.  Which, in our culture, is Christian.  Christianity is no more responsible for these people than video games are responsible for school shooters.

  8. I wrote about this on my site when the story broke.

    I haven’t followed the story since, but it looked like another case of untreated mental illness. For what it’s worth, the wife claimed they saw doctors who couldn’t help the husband. I just hope the CPS managed to save the kid from these parents.

  9. This may be a case of insanity, I doubt it. I think he is just flat fucking mean. The baby would not stop crying, and he decided on the fix.

    Yes their are some incredibly cruel ass motherfuckers out here.

    For those that condemn religion as a possible author of this type of thing, think about this…

    I went to lunch with a man the other day. I know he is Christian. He decided it was time to give me his spill on it. Witnessing, inviting me to Church, Telling me about Hell…Blah Blah Blah

    When I told him about my beliefs, He ask, and I was rather shocked.

    ” What is to keep you from Raping some Woman. If you don’t believe in Hell ” ?

    The moral of the story is, that yes religion can be a dangerous thing. But in some cases, if it were not for religion we would live ( well you get my drift ). I am glad this man shows up to Church every Sunday. I am glad they placed such a since of fear in his predatory heart. I am somewhat convinced this man could be extremely dangerous if it were not for his mind being enslaved.

  10. Les: Just about every reason you can come up with is reprehensible and not the sort of thing a loving an just God would engage in unless he’s not as loving and just as he’s made out to be.

    Richard Dawkins: A universe with a God would be very different to one without.

    Paul: I am somewhat convinced this man could be extremely dangerous if it were not for his mind being enslaved.

    Does this mean, if I convince a theist that invisible sky chappies do not exist and then he goes and puts a baby in a micro-wave, I am somehow responsible?

  11. DOF: People go crazy all the time, and of course they’ll frame their craziness in the culture in which they live.  Which, in our culture, is Christian.  Christianity is no more responsible for these people than video games are responsible for school shooters.

    I’m not saying Christianity made the husband nuts, just his wife.

  12. Does this mean, if I convince a theist that invisible sky chappies do not exist and then he goes and puts a baby in a micro-wave, I am somehow responsible?

    I am not sure that I understand your question. But I have a feeling that the answer is, We are all accountable for our own actions at the end of the day regardless of our beliefs.

  13. Paul, I was following in your logic.

    I am somewhat convinced this man could be extremely dangerous if it were not for his mind being enslaved.

    If the dickhead ceased being enslaved because of something I said, would I be in any way responsible for his actions if he went troppo.

  14. Luckyjohn

    If the dickhead ceased being enslaved because of something I said, would I be in any way responsible for his actions if he went troppo.

    Well to answer that, No we are not directly responsible. But trying to get people to understand that ( Right and Wrong ) is not just an idea based solely on religious principle, but is rather secular in nature, does go with the territory of being a good person. The man I was referring to obviously has some issues that need to be examined. He is just flat nuts..

    If he had said the word adultery as opposed to rape. It would have changed the dynamics completely. But he left me with a feeling of him be a potential predatory type.

    Sometimes we come here with the answer, Sometimes it’s the question. I’ll admit defeat. What do we do ?

  15. Les, religion didn’t make the wife crazy either.  Just sadly deluded.  Or maybe not so sadly. She believes something that isn’t true, but it helps her deal with a crazy situation in some ways.  As a friend of mine once said, “People have their defenses because they need them.” 

    LJ, that’s a great question. Do we have the right to try to change anyone’s mind on anything?  Or for that matter to do anything, since the consequences are unforeseeable? Or what if inaction results in evil consequences?  I think we’re just stuck with not knowing the future.  Or a great deal of the past: that guy may well be a rapist in spite of being a Christian. 

    Or your atheistic arguments might prevent some other person from becoming a televangelist, acquiring political power, and goading the president into invading another country.  So to the extent we can distill a “should” from the situation, we “should” not worry excessively about the outcome.  Be rational, and advocate what’s right the best you can.

  16. But let’s assume for a moment that there really is a God and, by extension, a Satan and that Satan had the foresight to see that this man was going to be a particularly effective preacher and as such took steps to ensure it would never happen. Where the hell was God during this little episode? God is, presumably, more powerful than Satan and also all-knowing. What possible purpose could God have in A) allowing an innocent child to suffer any amount of time at all inside a microwave and B) allowing one of his faithful to be thwarted in his attempts at becoming a good preacher? Just about every reason you can come up with is reprehensible and not the sort of thing a loving an just God would engage in unless he’s not as loving and just as he’s made out to be.

    It is sometimes hard, in times like these, to understand God’s way. Why would he allow nine innocent people to be run down in the prime of their lives by a senior citizen who, perhaps, shouldn’t be driving? It is then that we must understand, God’s sense of humor is very different from our own. He does not laugh at the simple “man walks into a bar” joke. No, God needs complex irony and subtle farcical twists that seem macabre to you and me. All that we can hope for is that God got his good laugh and a tragedy such as this will never happen again.
    -from South Park

  17. Paul:

    “He would never do anything to hurt her. He loves her,” she said.

    Sure. He apparently loves her with Tobasco and a side of fries.  You know it HAD to be Satan’s fault, because everyone knows that 10 month-olds are best when paneed in olive oil and served over a bed of spring greens and topped with an oyster sherry cream sauce.

    DOF:

    Be rational, and advocate what’s right the best you can.

    I don’t say this often, but amen to that.

  18. DOF, sometimes it’s very difficult to tell the difference between mere delusion and outright crazy…

  19. Thanks DoF.
    To thine own self be true … as long as you lean toward moderately sane and away from psychotic.

    DoF: that guy may well be a rapist in spite of being a Christian.

    Or a murderer because he is … a Christian.

    Michael: Sure. He apparently loves her with Tabasco and a side of fries.  You know it HAD to be Satan’s fault, because everyone knows that 10 month-olds are best when paneed [pan fried?] in olive oil and served over a bed of spring greens and topped with an oyster sherry cream sauce.

    Well said – I often answer something along those lines when asked if I like children but more often than not I say: Yes, but I couldn’t eat a whole one.

  20. My thoughts after reading the article were something like “hopefully the other prison fellas will know why that monster daddy got there”.

    I’m wondering how the baby will react when old enough to understand.. and I’d sure like to know how religious that little guy will be, hopefully that kind of an experience will teach something valuable about rationality?

  21. Follow-up:

    Man who microwaved baby wants dad’s rights

    The father sentenced to prison for severely burning his 2-month-old daughter in a microwave oven is declining to give up his parental rights.

    “He loves his baby,” Sam Cammack III, the attorney for Joshua Mauldin, said in a story published online Thursday in the Houston Chronicle. “He wants to be part of Ana’s life.”

    The mother, Eva Mauldin, has relinquished her parental rights, Cammack said.

    Personally, one of the last things this whack-job should be allowed is to be part of the child’s life.

    Mauldin, convicted of injury to a child, was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison and fined $10,000. Jurors rejected his claim that he was insane when he put his daughter in the oven.

    I’m with DOF. If the other inmates know what he’s in for, he’ll have a singularly unpleasant time at the taxpayer’s expense.

    A custody hearing is scheduled for April 22. Child welfare officials are looking favorably on a plan for Ana’s foster parents, Heather and Jeremy Croxton, to adopt her.

    “They have taken amazing care of her,” agency spokeswoman Gwen Carter said. “They love her; she loves them. We have regular contact with them, and we feel comfortable that she is safe.”

    And hopefully this will go through.

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  23. I know what this guy did was unbelievably sick,and he deserves life in prison, but this is NOT God’s fault (yes there is a God. It takes faith to believe in him.)This man made his own choice and has NO RIGHT whatsoever to say anything like “God made me do it,or Satan was in me.”That child did nothing wrong!

    There’s nothing wrong with Christianity,but don’t use Satan as an excuse to sin. All you can do is pray,so if you wanna diss me and call the truth and God “Bull@#$!” Then go ahead,but at least I can be sure where I’m going when I die.

  24. I just went through twelve hours of four consecutive defeats in the various sporting events that I was watching. I believe I remember Les saying that he isn’t a sports fan, so he would probably read this and think “What an idiot, wasting a whole day on sports.” Unfortunately, I would have no effective way to respond to that…

    Anyway, luckily I’m not a betting man, but I hope I will be forgiven for venting:

    but this is NOT God’s fault

    You’re right, its not God’s fault; because God does not exist. And this case is a perfect illustration. If the child died and is going to hell, then God deprived it of a fair shake. An infant cannot be judged, it has no ability to take responsibility for itself. If the child is damned, then God is therefore unjust, and an iniquitous yet perfect entity is not logically coherent.

    On the other hand, maybe all dead infants go to heaven, as William Lane Craig would argue. But if God allows the victim to go to heaven merely because it was a baby, then he is again unjust; in this case he is being unfair in not letting everyone die in infancy, thus giving all people a free pass to heaven. Why did the baby get this free ride? By this standard abortion should be a sacrament. Shouldn’t we all get burned to death in microwaves, if the spiritual world has this kind of loophole?

    Heaven or hell, in either case God is not giving everyone an equal opportunity to attain salvation, despite the notion that we are “all created equal.” A personal, judgmental God is therefore not logically coherent in this particular universe, and cannot exist. And this is only one example.

    (yes there is a God. It takes faith to believe in him.)

    If faith meant anything I would have gone 4-0 today in my picks. And if merely believing in something makes it so, would it not be equally true that disbelieving in something makes it not so? Doesn’t my incredulity counteract your belief and make the entire exercise futile? And is there nothing that you believe in that doesn’t exist? Is the universe all about you?

    And why is your faith more relevant than the mother’s? If the Abrahamic religions are correct, then Satan not only exists but is perfectly capable of tempting a man to kill his child. In that case, the mother is right. What’s with the inconsistent faith; why are you acting like an atheist? And if the mother is wrong, then why shouldn’t we criticize an unverifiable belief system that gives her cover to speak such nonsense?

    God made me do it

    In the Bible, Yahweh commands the slaughter of many different children in various different books. Are you denying the truth of the Bible? You’re sounding more and more like an infidel.

    I can be sure where I’m going when I die.

    I hope for your sake that heaven exists and that all Christians/theists go there. But if pride and avarice are sins, then it doesn’t look like you’re gonna make it.

  25. That baby is automatically in heaven.ALL babies go to heaven. I can’t make you or anyone else making these comments see the truth,but all I can do is pray for you and that’s what I’m going to do. I hope you guys change your mind about God before it’s too late,but if you don’t, it’s your own fault.

  26. Positive wrote:

    I believe I remember Les saying that he isn’t a sports fan, so he would probably read this and think “What an idiot, wasting a whole day on sports.”

    Given that I often waste all day playing video games I don’t think I’d begrudge you wasting a whole day on sports. It’s not like my pointless activity is any better than yours.

    Ashley wrote:

    There’s nothing wrong with Christianity,

    There’s a lot wrong with Christianity. It’s a nasty, abusive, coercive belief system that demeans and degrades those who practice it. It perpetuates hate and intolerance in the name of love. It allows good people to do truly evil things because “God” told them to. It glorifies suffering and want as virtuous. And most of the people who practice it are ignorant of what their own holy book says they should do.

  27. Les, you can make fun of it and me ALL you want to. You’re not upsetting me. Like I said to that other athest,Positive, or whatever his name is. God would NEVER put that baby in hell and if anyone here is ignorant it’s you guys for thinking babies burn in hell.They are innocent. Unlike adults. Like I said, I hope you change your tune before it’s too late. If not,it’s your OWN fault. I’ve said all I could say here. I will pray for everyone of you. May God be with you.

  28. Yes, the Christian God loves children, particularly Canaanite children. And I don’t think any “athests” here made fun of you, though I think you should take Les’ advise and actually read the Bible.

    Thanks Les. Sorry for the mild rant, just had a bad day.

  29. Ashley wrote:

    Les, you can make fun of it and me ALL you want to. You’re not upsetting me.

    Show me where I was making fun of you or trying to upset you. I was making statements of fact.

    I’m curious, though, how you think you know God wouldn’t throw babies into hell? He’s willing throw just about everyone else in there.

    They are innocent.

    So some claim, other Christian sects say that no one is born innocent. If I recall correctly it’s the doctrine of Original Sin. So you believe it to be true, other Christians believe differently. Why should we accept your claim over theirs?

    Like I said, I hope you change your tune before it’s too late.

    You’ve given us no reason to think differently. You’ve made a bunch of claims, some of which contradict claims by your fellow Christians, and have offered nothing to support those claims as true. You believe them to be true, but that doesn’t make them so. When you have something in the way of a reason for us to consider your ideas then perhaps we will, but until then simply saying you’ll pray for us is as useful as saying you’ll make a wish on the next falling star. It’s a nice gesture, but an empty one.

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