A POLICE captain in Indiana has said he believes the story of a woman who claimed her children were being attacked and possessed by hundreds of demons.
Latoya Ammons, who is a mother of three, told authorities that demonic spirits caused her 9-year-old son to walk backwards on a hospital ceiling and her 12-year-old daughter to levitate above her bed.
The unbelievable story, which emerged in the Indianapolis Star newspaper, and is detailed in social work reports, was supported by Gary Police Captain Charles Austin.
Captain Austin, a police officer with 36-years experience, initially said he was sceptical about the family's claims but that he had been convinced after visiting the home and conducting interviews with the family.
The bizarre and unlikely tale began when Ms Ammons, her mother, Rosa Campbell, and three children - moved into a rental house on Carolina Street in November 2011. Ammons reported a plague of flies swarming onto the window of the porch despite it being the middle of winter.
She also reported regularly hearing things going bump in the night, along with the sound of footsteps and doors creaking and shadowy figures pacing in her living room.
According to the Indy Star matters took a turn for the worse in March 2012 when Ammons reported witnessing her daughter floating above her bed.
"The family said demons possessed Ammons and her children, then ages 7, 9 and 12," the Indy Star reports.
"The kids' eyes bulged, evil smiles crossed their faces, and their voices deepened every time it happened." After contacting clairvoyants Ammons was told the house was filled with more than 200 demons.
The paper reports that the behaviour of Ammons' children then began to get worse.
Just days later Ammons claims she saw her 7-year-old fly out of the bathroom and that her 12-year-old daughter required stitches after receiving a hit to the head.