A BABY boy was killed when 12 people leapt off a second-floor balcony – to “get away from the Devil”.
Eight people, including several children, were hurt, some seriously. Police are trying to get to the bottom of the bizarre tragedy.
Survivors of the mass plunge from a flat in a Paris suburb said the incident began in the early hours of the morning when a dad got out of bed naked to feed his crying baby.
They said the man’s wife saw him moving around and started screaming that she had seen the Devil.
The man was then stabbed in the hand by his wife’s sister and thrown out through the door of the flat.
But when he tried to get back in, the other people inside grabbed their children and jumped off the 20-foot balcony.
A spokeswoman for the local prosecutor’s office said: “Panic erupted.”
The family involved are of African origin, possibly from Angola. Police found no evidence of drug use or religious rituals at the flat.
One of the children, a four-month-old baby boy, died in hospital several hours after the incident.
Several of those hurt in the jump have multiple injuries.
Detectives are questioning the man who sparked the incident, and another male who jumped from the balcony with a two-year-old girl in his arms.
The prosecutor’s office spokeswoman said: “A number of points remain to be cleared up.”
Thanks to JT Hundley for the story