Parents of an 11-year-old boy with special needs filed a police report after their son was allegedly forcibly baptized without their consent.
April Defibaugh, whose son has a form of autism, asked the Geauga County Sheriffs Department to press criminal charges against the boy's mentor from Big Brothers Big Sisters and the church that baptized him.
Defibaugh said her son has been traumatized ever since the baptism.
"They held my son under water. It wasn't like they sprinkled water on his head, it was like full immersion," Defibaugh said. "He kicked, he screamed and told them beforehand that he was afraid. Every day since then he's had nightmares, the same recurring dream, about being baptized over and over like he's drowning. ... If I held you underwater and you didn't...