That doesn't seem like something God would do, I would presume the latter.
Have the statue blessed, and make sure there is nothing possibly hidden inside the statue.
People who practice the occult and syncretism sometimes hide cursed objects inside sculptures and other things. That can act as a conduit for the demonic.
Once it is cleansed and reconsecrated it should be fine. If anything happens after that, you will have to perform more of an exorcism on it.