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 the 1 Mind Ministries
The woman’s attorney said Wednesday she is breaking free of the belief that her son will be resurrected.
The leader of a religious cult
was “outraged” when a 1-year-old boy did not say “Amen” before a meal and ordered her followers to deprive him of food and water until he died, a Baltimore prosecutor told jurors Monday.
Three members of the now-defunct cult known as 1 Mind Ministries
are on trial for murder in the death of Javon Thompson
A woman who pleaded guilty
to starving her toddler son
to death while part of a religious cult will be released from the Baltimore jail within a matter of weeks or even days, her attorney said Tuesday.
Members of the now defunct 1 Mind Ministries
cult starved the toddler after he would not say ‘amen’ at mealtimes.
A former religious cult
member who helped starve her son to death believes he will be resurrected, but legal experts say her extreme faith doesn’t make her criminally insane.
The boy died more than two years ago when cult members stopped feeding him because he refused to say “Amen” after a meal, according to a statement of facts.
Accepting a plea bargain that her attorney described as unprecedented in American jurisprudence, a 22-year-old Maryland woman yesterday agreed to cooperate in the prosecution of other defendants
in the death of her son under the condition that charges against her be dropped if the child rises from the dead.
As part of her probation, the woman must submit to treatment, including sessions with an expert on cult behavior
Two women were ordered held without bail yesterday on charges
that they participated in the starvation death of a child whom they considered a “demon” because he wouldn’t say amen after his meals, according to police charging documents.
Police say Antoinette was the leader of a cult
and that Williams was one of her followers; each is charged with first-degree murder.
From the moment that Ria Ramkissoon and her baby boy Javon joined the tiny religious cult, 1 Mind Ministries, in April 2006, her life would change irrevocably.
Now, the 21-year-old woman is sitting in the psychiatric unit of a city jail in Baltimore accused by police of slowly starving her son to death and allowing cult members to beat him for disobeying orders such as saying “amen” at meals.
Court documents say cult members starved the toddler to death and kept his remains in a suitcase for more than a year, until Baltimore homicide detectives found the body in Philadelphia.
The leader of 1 Mind Ministries, who identifies herself as Queen Antoinette, had a problem with Javon, who a police source in court papers said would not comply with the group’s ritual of saying “amen” after meals.
Court papers say that the more Queen Antoinette pressed the toddler, the more resistant he became and that he was subsequently deprived of food and water as punishment.