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Micanopy cult leader indicted for child's murder

MICANOPY Fla. (WCJB) - It has taken several decades, but the murder of a little boy may now be solved. A former Alachua County resident has been indicted for murder. The woman once ran a religious boarding school near Micanopy that Alachua County deputies say had practices that were similar to a cult.

Officials say witnesses and victims of 75 year old, Anna Elizabeth Young's abuse came forward with horrific memories. Now after a year-long investigation, she's back behind bars for one of what could be many murders.

"I think the extent of how long this took place," said Art Forgey, Alachua County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer. "You know, going clear back to the 60s is the most shocking thing here."

A year's worth of digging revealed Anna Elizabeth Young is responsible for the torturous abuse and death of multiple children.

"Witnesses came forward from the House of Prayer alleging brutality and even some children being murdered," Forgey said.

This week, young was indicted by a grand jury for the unlawful death of little Emon Harper, also known as Moses, who deputies say Young was related to. But deputies say they have reason to believe she's been hiding an even darker past.

"It's not just one isolated incident of beatings," Forgey said. "There were numerous children that were beaten, locked in solitary confinement, food-withheld."

The matriarch of a cult-like religious boarding school in Micanopy, "Mother Anna" was charged with felony child abuse back in 1992. Young fled from Florida, but was captured eight years later. In 2001, she was sentenced to six months and 12 days in jail for bathing a 12 year old girl in a steel tub with chemicals causing severe chemical burns.

"This is just the tip of the iceberg that we know of," Forgey said.
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Ex-cult leader in Florida gets life for murder, manslaughter of two kids
By Joshua Rhett Miller
February 18, 2021 | 8:58am | Updated

79-year-old Anna Elizabeth Young, is an ex-head who ran the "House of Prayer for All People" cult in Micanopy in the 1980s ACSO; CCSO

A former Florida cult leader was sentenced to 30 years in prison in the deaths of two children, including a boy who was deprived of food and water.

Anna Elizabeth Young, the 79-year-old ex-head who ran the “House of Prayer for All People” cult in Micanopy in the 1980s, pleaded no contest in an Alachua County court Wednesday in the murder of Emon Harper via torture and the manslaughter death of Katonya Jackson, who died from being withheld medication, WCJB reported.

Young, aka “Mother Anna,” was arrested in 2017 on a felony child abuse charge for bathing a 12-year-old girl in a steel tub with chemicals, causing severe burns, the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia announced. The Florida woman accused of running a “religious boarding school’ was arrested in Marietta and had been jailed since that time.

Emon disappeared from Micanopy, Florida, sometime in 1988, according to the Charley Project, which profiles cold case missing persons. At the time, he and his family were members of Young’s cult, which operated “under a system of collectivism and Old Testament-style beliefs” that included a kosher diet and adherents wearing robes and head coverings.

Members of the group – 24 at its peak – had to change their names and the boy was known as “Moses” Harper. Young allegedly forced members to give up their savings and separated parents from their children, while starving, beating and tortured her followers for their “sins,” according to the missing persons advocacy group.

Harper was between the ages of 2 and 3 when his mother gave him to Young’s cult, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Young’s daughter, Joy Fluker, testified in court Wednesday that she’s still haunted by Moses’ final words and the sound of his voice.

“Moses only lived a few short years, but he taught me life is too big to be swept under a rug, imprisoned in a home, or buried in the ground,” Fluker told a judge.

Katonya’s brother, John Neal, said he’s also lives with the pain from his time in the cult decades ago.

“We still love and miss her to this day,” Neal said Wednesday. “She was a human being. She was good. She was loved. She would have been 30 years old this year.”

The girl’s mother, Lea Vera Jackson, said the girl was 2 when she joined Young’s cult.

“Kay was beat to death,” Jackson said. “John was nearly beat to death and has scars on his back that are still there. We were all beat. I’m here to stand up for my daughter and say justice was done. It hurts, but justice has been done.”

Yoiung was sentenced to 30 years in prison for Emon’s murder and 15 years in the manslaughter death of Katonya. The sentences will run concurrently, WCJB reported.
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