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More Info Sought in Teen's Post-Exorcism Death



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    There's a search for more information on a Centreville, Va., teen who died after her family and spiritual leaders reportedly performed an exorcism on her.

    Rayoung Kim, 18, died in July 2008 after going through a religious ritual, according to a police affadavit. Medical examiners said Kim had suffered blunt force trauma and asphyxiation.

    Investigators have already sought evidence and DNA samples from Kim's mother and brother, but now they're turning to Fairfax County Schools for more information. Police filed an affadavit for a search warrant on March 29, asking for all of the psychological records and documents filed on Kim when she was a student at Centreville High. A school psychologist performed an assessment on Kim when she apparently started showing signs of mental illness, according to the affadavit.

    The alleged exorcism may have been an attempt to drive out the mental illness, according to investigators. A detective now wants the psychological evaluation records to try to substantiate a charge of "abuse and neglect of an incapacitated adult."

    Kim's death was ruled a homicide, but nobody has been charged, according to the Washington Post.