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Sect mom competent

The Sun Chronicle, USA
Sep. 25, 2003 • Friday September 26, 2003

DEDHAM — An Attleboro religious sect mother accused of starving her son to death was declared competent to stand trial Wednesday and has severed all communication with other cult members, including her husband and mother.

Meanwhile, family members of Karen Robidoux who are not members of the sect known as “The Body,” are trying to raise the $100,000 cash bail or $1 million surety to free Robidoux, pending trial.

The 28-year-old mother, who was accused with her husband Jacques Robidoux of starving her almost 1-year-old son Samuel to death in April 1999, has “cut off all contact” with the group, said the Rev. Robert Pardon, a cult expert who has counseled Karen Robidoux and has studied the sect.

“It was of her choosing,” Pardon said.

Her lawyer, Joseph Krowski of Brockton, said his client is now stronger emotionally to “deal with the reality of what happened.”

None of the psychologist’s report was read in court, and lawyers for both sides declined to comment specifically about its contents afterward.

Judge Elizabeth Donovan continued the case to Oct. 30 to handle pretrial motions. A trial is not expected until January.

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