Following Johnny's death, Payni told the boy's father that he had been killed by an "angel of the Lord" for refusing to confess. The other children were freed by police who responded to a report by a passerby on December 1. After arresting Payni, they found Johnny's corpse where it had been thrown behind a wall. The parents have also been charged but were later granted bail. The corpse is awaiting an autopsy.
Persecutions of accused witches (particularly children) remain common in many Central and West African countries. Exorcisms to "drive out" evil spirits have led to the deaths of countless children with others being forced from their homes to fend for themselves. Cases have also been reported of children living in Western countries who were brought to Africa by their parents to be "cleansed". Given the popularity of the exorcism churches, government agencies seem powerless to intervene. Despite increasing attention in the media, these deaths are likely to continue.