Jury decides on lightest possible verdict for mother of starved baby
Feb. 3, 2004
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Tuesday February 3, 2004
Taunton, Massachusetts-AP — A Massachusetts jury has found a former cult member guilty of assault and battery, but not murder, for starving her infant son. Karen Robidoux (ROH’-bi-doo) now faces up to two-and-a-half years in prison.
Prosecutors had pressed for a conviction of second-degree murder, saying Robidoux chose to stop giving her baby solid foods. But her defense team insisted it wasn’t her choice — that she was brainwashed and tortured by members of a tiny religious sect.
Robidoux’s lawyers say she was told that God wanted her to cut back on food for her son.
Her husband, the group’s leader, had been found guilty of first-degree murder for the child’s death.
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