A teenager drowned his alcoholic father while trying to exorcize a demon he thought had possessed him through a late-night baptism, a court heard.
Jack Callahan was arrested after his mother called the police to report that he was "acting erratically."
The 19-year-old pleaded not guilty to the killing of his father 57-year-old Scott Callahan, CBS Boston reports.
The teen reportedly arrived home at 2am, soaking wet, and alerted his mother that his father was missing.
He was meant to have just come home from picking his father up from a bar earlier in the evening.
Police were directed to Crooker Memorial Park, Boston, where officers found Scott at the bottom of Island Creek Pond.
He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The teen told police officers that he was trying to rid his father of his alcohol demons through baptism.
"Plymouth Assistant District Attorney Shanan Buckingham said in court: "He believed he was baptizing his father.
"He was holding his father in the pond on his back like a baby and that he continually dunked his head under the water about four to eight times.
"When his father started to cough and choke, he would lift his head up. And when the father started fighting, he would strike him and push his head back down into the water."
The son did this until his father no loner struggled, Buckingham added to the court.
Authorities said that Jack claimed he was exorcising a demon called 'Dirty Dan'.
The teen allegedly gave his dad a choice, saying: "I left him there to decide, you can come to heaven with me or hell.
"I think he chose hell."
The incident began when Jack picked up his father who had just left a treatment centre for alcoholism to go to a bar in Boston, authorities said.
The 57-year-old, who had a traumatic brain injury that impacts decision making was, was drunk when his son Jack arrived.
The two men got an Uber at the bar and headed home – but a detour was made when Jack's mother allegedly told him she didn't Scott in her home – so the Uber dropped them at Crocker Park.
Jack alleges that an altercation broke out between him and his father and he "backed out" after being hit by him.
Callahan's attorney Kevin Reddington asked the judge to send the 19-year-old to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.
The attorney added that he was a danger to himself.
"He's a very nice young man," Reddington told the court.
"He comes from a wonderful family … My client had a concern for his father, knowing that he would be drinking and knowing that he shouldn't be drinking. He was going to try to take him back where he should be."
The judge ordered for Callahan to be evaluated by the court clinician and will be back in court on August 12, he will remain in jail without bail until then.
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