08:49 PM CDT on Saturday, May 19, 2007
By TJ Aulds / KHOU.com
GALVESTON -- “That was not my husband; my husband is a wonderful father. Satan was working through his weaknesses,” said Eva Marie Mauldin, the 20-year-old mother of the 2-month old who was severely burned after her father placed her in a hotel room microwave in Galveston two weeks ago.
In an exclusive interview with 11 News, Eva Mauldin said her husband Joshua is “not the monster people are making him out to be.”
She blames the devil and some form of a demonic possession of her husband for what happened.
“I believe Satan works through our weaknesses. Satan attacked (Joshua) through his weaknesses,” said Eva Marie.
In the case of her 19-year-old husband, his weaknesses is a mental disability that she said he has tried to get help for to no avail. She said Joshua had sought treatment for the undisclosed mental illness, but that he was unable to find the help he needed.
What she said he did find was a calling to the ministry. She met her husband in a church back home in Arkansas.
Mrs. Mauldin said she and her husband had come to Galveston because they had been called to minister. She called the island “a den of sin.”
That call to ministry she said was seen as a “threat” by Satan.
“Satan saw my husband as a threat. Satan attacked him because he saw (Joshua) as a threat,” said Mrs. Mauldin.
The Arkansas native said she was sure most people would hear her comments and consider her "crazy.”
Nevertheless, she insists that she and her husband are Christians who came to Galveston on behalf of God only to be confronted by the devil.
Mauldin said her husband told her that on the day he placed their daughter Ana Marie into the microwave he, “saw what he was doing, but couldn’t stop himself.”
“He was crying the whole time, and when he finally came out of it he took her out of the microwave and tried to fix her,” said Mauldin. “When I came back to the room, he was screaming and crying.”
Mauldin said reports that her husband told police he placed the little girl in the microwave because he was stressed are not accurate.
“He would never do anything to hurt her. He loves her,” she said. “When she cries he is the one who comforts her. When she is sick, he is the one that takes her to the doctor.”
Again, she insists his actions were not because of stress, but rather Satan preying upon his mental illness.
“This was Satan fighting him because he was a threat,” she insisted.
While Joshua Mauldin’s mother has returned to Arkansas, Eva Marie Mauldin remains in Galveston hoping to be reunited with her daughter even as officials with Children’s Protective Services have move to have her and Joshua’s parental rights severed.
She even set up a MySpace page “Joshua Mauldin is not a Monster” in hopes of defending her husband and making pleas for people to help her.
“I had nothing to do with what happened, then (will you) help me get a job and a place to live that is good enough for my daughter,” she wrote.
Thus far, help has been hard to find. She said she too has been tainted by what happened even though she was not in the room at the time.
She said her Galveston landlord, after finding out who she was, told her to move out by the end of the month and that calls to local agencies seeking help in finding a job and housing have been unsuccessful.
“I am angry at the way I have been treated,” she said. “I wasn’t even there. I am upset. I am alone down here and nobody is willing to help me.”
While Joshua Mauldin has been charged with child endangerment, Eva Marie has not been charged with any crime.
Even in the cyber world, Mauldin’s comments on the situation have been met with cynicism.
Some comment that she should leave her husband, to which she answered:
"He has problems and I don't believe in condemning someone who is not like everybody else. He is sorry for what he has done and I know that the Joshua I married loved Ana very much and would never hurt her,” she wrote.
“He tried to get help before this happened. It’s not his fault they didn't treat him correctly.”
A custody hearing for Ana Marie is scheduled for later this week in a Galveston district court.
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