Judge Praises Former Cult Mom Who Starved Son to Death
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Thursday August 5, 2010
BALTIMORE — A judge praised a young mother for great strides in her treatment after she starved her 1-year-old son to death while part of a religious cult [1 Mind Ministries], and the woman’s attorney said Wednesday she is breaking free of the belief that her son will be resurrected.
Ria Ramkissoon pleaded guilty to a single count of child abuse resulting in death and received a suspended sentence. Prosecutors agreed to the deal after determining that she had been brainwashed by cult leader Queen Antoinette.
Antoinette was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 50 years in prison.
After Javon died, Antoinette ordered Ramkissoon and her followers to pray for his resurrection, and Ramkissoon testified in February that she still believed her son would come back to life.
But her faith in the resurrection is fading, according to her attorney, Steven D. Silverman.
“She’s come to realize that she was misled,” Silverman said.
As part of her deal with prosecutors, Ramkissoon has spent the past 90 days in a faith-based residential treatment center. The purpose of Wednesday’s hearing was to let the court know whether the treatment has been effective.
After conferring with Silverman and prosecutors, Baltimore Circuit Judge Timothy J. Doory said he was impressed with Ramkissoon’s progress and ordered her to remain at the treatment center until its operators decide she’s ready to leave. She will likely stay there for a year or longer, Silverman said.
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