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Chile hunts sect members accused of burning baby

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Photo -   This undated photo released by Chile's Police Investigative Unit on Thursday, April 25, 2013, shows Ramon Gustavo Castillo Gaete, 36, who authorities said is the leader of a 12-member sect that is accused of burning a baby alive. Police on Thursday, arrested four people accused of burning a baby alive in a ritual because Castillo Gaete believed that the end of the world was near and that the child was the antichrist. Police said Castillo Gaete, who remains at large, was last seen traveling to Peru to buy ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic brew plant that he used to control the cult members. (AP Photo/ Chile's Police Investigative Unit)
This undated photo released by Chile's Police Investigative Unit on Thursday, April 25, 2013, shows Ramon Gustavo Castillo Gaete, 36, who authorities said is the leader of a 12-member sect that is accused of burning a baby alive. Police on Thursday, arrested four people accused of burning a baby alive in a ritual because Castillo Gaete believed that the end of the world was near and that the child was the antichrist. Police said Castillo Gaete, who remains at large, was last seen traveling to Peru to buy ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic brew plant that he used to control the cult members. (AP Photo/ Chile's Police Investigative Unit)
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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean police are searching for three people accused of burning a baby alive in a doomsday ritual.

Police began searching for the suspects on Friday in the southern region of Araucania.

Officials say the 3-day-old baby was thrown onto a bonfire in November because the leader of the sect believed that the child was the antichrist.

Police arrested four other members of the sect Thursday after a months-long investigation. Among them was the baby's mother, 25-year-old Natalia Guerra.

In her written court statement, she said that all sect members knew that her child "would be murdered" and that they had to obey the leader because he "was God."

The ringleader is 36-year-old Ramon Gustavo Castillo. Police say he escaped to Peru and authorities are working with Interpol to capture him.

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