Cult members prepare for trial in death of boy who would not say ‘Amen’

Even by the standards of a Baltimore murder trial, the one set to start against Queen Antoinette is expected to roll out sensational details and an original cast of characters.

The focus will be the leader of the small group One Mind Ministries, which police call a cult. Queen Antoinette ordered followers to starve a 16-month-old boy in 2007 because he didn’t say “Amen” at breakfast, prosecutors say in court records.

After the boy died and resurrection prayers failed, two members measured him and bought a suitcase, according to prosecutors. The body was put inside, with mothballs and fabric softeners to mask the odor.

Four core members drove to Philadelphia, where they wheeled the suitcase until finding a place to stay. Then things got really strange.

The trial was scheduled to start Monday but won’t begin until at least next week.
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– Source / Full Story: Alleged Baltimore cult members prepare for trial in boy’s death, Dan Morse, Washington Post, Feb. 12, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

See the list of defendants and possible witnesses, along with details, at the Washington Post

Among the witnesses is the mother of the starved boy:

Ria Ramkissoon: Ramkissoon, called Princess Marie by the group, is the deceased child’s mother. Prosecutors think that she was brainwashed and allowed her to plead guilty to a child-abuse charge.

They also promised her that they would drop the charge if Javon rises from the dead.

“She still believes that’s going to happen,” her attorney, Steven Silverman, said this week. But he said his client will give lucid testimony of life in the rowhouse: “She’s going to give an accurate and detailed account of her time at One Mind Ministries.”
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– Source / Full Story: Alleged Baltimore cult members prepare for trial in boy’s death, Dan Morse, Washington Post, Feb. 12, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

The group’s name has alternately been reported as One Mind Ministries and 1 Mind Ministries.

See also: Former cult member who starved baby to be released to counseling program

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