Pagan Prisoner to Sue Bosses over Ban on Drum in her Cell

July 31, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Northern Echo

A MOTHER serving life for murdering her baby son will sue prison bosses for refusing her a native American drum so she can talk to the dead.

Chah Oh-Niyol Kai Whitewind says wardens at Low Newton prison, in Durham, are violating her human rights because they will not allow her to keep potions, spell books and a peace pipe in her cell.

The Birmingham mother-of-three was jailed for life in 2003 for suffocating her 12-week-old son, Bidziil, because he would not breast-feed. advertisement

She changed her name after she became obsessed with native American culture and practises a religion that she describes as Shamanic paganism.

The 31-year-old has written to prison bosses complaining of "pagan persecution".