Woman who starved son in 1 Mind Ministries cult gets suspended sentence, probation

Woman plead guilty to child abuse in death of son with alleged cult members

A woman who starved her 1-year-old son to death at the behest of a the leader of a religious group has been given a suspended sentence and probation.

Ria Ramkissoon pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in the death of her son, Javon Thompson. The plea agreement contained an extraordinary provision: If Javon is resurrected, the plea will be withdrawn.

The head of the alleged cult, Queen Antoinette, told her followers not to feed Javon when he did not say “Amen” before a meal. After he died, she told them to pray for his resurrection.

Ramkissoon said she still believes Javon will come back to life when she testified against Antoinette, the leader’s daughter and another man.

All three were convicted of second-degree murder.

– Source / Full Story: Md. woman who starved son gets suspended sentence, probation, Associated Press via the Baltimore Sun, Apr. 21, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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This post was last updated: Apr. 21, 2010