A pastor from a small town in Arkansas accused of performing an exorcism on a dangerously thin toddler is now facing drug charges after police discovered he was using meth at church with his parishioners.
Lloyd Eddie Lasker Jr., pastor of the House of Refuge and Deliverance, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a gun by a convicted felon on Sept. 22, according to the Kansas City Star.
Lasker first caught the eye of law enforcement on Sept. 18 during a wellness check at his church, located in the city Mayflower, about about 30 minutes north of Little Rock. According to an affidavit filed in Faulkner County Circuit Court, Detective Brittani Little discovered an emaciated 21-month-old child “with multiple bruises from head to toe,” along with his mother and Lasker when she arrived on the scene.
The child is now in the ICU “with a brain bleed and extreme malnourishment,” according to the affidavit.
The mother reportedly told police her child was “possessed by a demon,” and Lasker echoed the claim when officers tracked him down on Sept. 22 for questioning. The pastor was not home when officers began their search, but they quickly spotted his white Dodge truck at an Exxon gas station, the Star reported.