COBB COUNTY, GA — A 75-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the death of a toddler more than 25 years ago.
Authorities say Anna Elizabeth Young is a former cult leader who murdered a three-year-old boy, Emon Harper, in Florida in 1992. Police say that the alleged murder occurred when Young ran a religious boarding school in Florida called the House of Prayer for All People during the late 1980s.
She allegedly killed the boy by starving him and keeping him in a cage from 1988 to 1992, according to an indictment obtained by WSB-TV.
At some point, Young moved to Georgia, married, and began using the last name Anderson.
In addition to the boy’s murder, she has also served prison time for an assault on a 12-year-old girl after allegedly bathing her with chemicals, which caused severe burns.
Young was indicted in Alachua County on November 29 on a first-degree murder charge — and authorities have revealed that they believe there may be many more victims out there. Alachua sheriff’s office spokesman Art Forgey said that forensic investigators, including those from the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory, have been collecting evidence from the site of the boarding home.
“They ran a religious institution — exorcising demons and other things like that. We have documentation involving her clear back to the ’60s. We did extensive forensic examination on the property this summer.”
“We are still analyzing the evidence that we gathered,” Forgey told the Gainesville Sun.
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Main photo: Anna Elizabeth Young [Cobb County Sherrif’s Office]