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Priest accused of injuring a baby when he repeatedly dunked it underwater during baptism in Cyprus 


Priest violently plunges crying baby into water in front of his horrified mother during wild baptism in Cyprus

  • Ntina Shitta was getting her baby baptised at a ceremony in Cyprus on Saturday
  • A priest lifted the crying baby above his head and forcefully dunked it in the font
  • The mother said the baby was left red all over and the priest has apologised

This is the moment a priest violently plunges a crying baby boy into water in front of his horrified mother during a baptism in Cyprus.

Footage shows the priest forcefully immersing the infant during the wild ceremony in Limassol on Saturday. The baby’s legs repeatedly hit the edge of the metal font as he was dunked into the water.

The child’s furious mother, Ntina Shitta, has since said her son was left ‘red and in shock’ and accused the priest of ‘hitting’ the youngster. 

A priest has been accused of injuring a baby

He repeatedly dunked it in the water during a baptism

A priest has been accused of injuring a baby after repeatedly dunking it in the water during a baptism

Footage taken of the baptism shows the priest forcefully immersing the crying baby into the font

The priest held on to the baby awkwardly by the arm and lifted it high above his head before violently submerging the youngster underwater

Footage taken of the baptism shows the priest forcefully immersing the crying baby into the font

The baby's mother, Ntina Shitta, said she was shocked by the incident which left her child covered in red marks

The baby’s mother, Ntina Shitta, said she was shocked by the incident which left her child covered in red marks

The baby’s legs hit the hard edge of the font a number of times without the priest taking any notice.

He held on to the baby awkwardly by the arm and lifted it high above his head before violently submerging the youngster underwater.

The parents filed a complaint to the church after the ceremony which left the baby covered in red marks according to Ntina. 

The baby's legs keep hitting the hard edge of the font a

The priest didn't appear to notice

The baby’s legs keep hitting the hard edge of the font a number of times without the priest taking any notice.

The parents filed a complaint to the church after the ceremony

It left the baby covered in red marks according to Ntina

The parents filed a complaint to the church after the ceremony which left the baby covered in red marks according to Ntina

She said: ‘The priest hit my baby, we all shouted at him to be careful but he replied: “I am responsible for the baptism”.

‘The baby became red and was in shock! This priest ruined our most beautiful day.’

In a television interview on Sunday, the priest offered his apologies to the family but denied any deliberate wrongdoing.

In a television interview on Sunday, the priest offered his apologies to the family but denied any deliberate wrongdoing

In a television interview on Sunday, the priest offered his apologies to the family but denied any deliberate wrongdoing

The child's furious mother, Ntina Shitta  has since said her son was left 'red and in shock' and accused the priest of 'hitting' the youngster

The child’s furious mother, Ntina Shitta  has since said her son was left ‘red and in shock’ and accused the priest of ‘hitting’ the youngster

He said, according to Greek Reporter: ‘The truth is that the baby at some point almost slipped from my hands and as you can see in the video I placed my arm under his hip to protect it. 

‘There was no intention on my part to hit or injure the baby.’

‘I have baptized many children. When I realized that the baby was in stress, I tried to complete the ritual as soon as possible.’

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