Category: The Family : Winnfred Wright

Court terminates parental rights

A state appeals court in San Francisco on Thursday upheld the termination of parental rights for the father and two mothers of 14 surviving children in a cult-like communal family in Marin County. A 15th child, 19-month-old Ndigo Wright, was found to have died of severe malnutrition and neglect when four women in the group sometimes known as “The Family” brought his deformed body to Kaiser Hospital in San Rafaelin 2001. The father, Winnfred Wright, and two of the children’s mothers pleaded guilty to child endangerment and neglect charges in Marin County Superior Court in 2002. Wright was sentenced to

Woman sentenced in death of toddler

Marin Independent Journal, Apr. 19, 2003 http://www.marinij.com/ By Con Garretson, IJ reporter Deirdre Hart Wilson, the last defendant awaiting sentencing in a case of childhood death and malnourishment in Lucas Valley, was sentenced to seven years and four months yesterday for felony child abuse. Wilson’s five children suffered malnutrition-related deformities in the house they shared with three other women, their mutual lover, Winifred Wright, and eight other children. The malnutrition death of Wright’s 19-month-old son Ngido led authorities to the group’s home in late 2001. Marin Superior Court Judge Terrence Boren acknowledged that he struggled with an appropriate sentence for

Last of Marinwood cult sentenced

Tot starved to death; other kids were abused San Francisco Chronicle, Apr. 19, 2003 http://sfgate.com/ Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer The last member of a Marin County family “cult” whose 13 abused and malnourished children lived under the iron fist of a man portrayed as a violent megalomaniac was sentenced Friday to state prison, ending a bizarre and tragic saga. Deirdre Hart Wilson, 39, who tearfully described herself as a “psychological amputee,” was sentenced to seven years and four months in prison after a lively hearing in which she was depicted as the victim of an evil madman. She was

10-year sentence for mom in cult

19-month-old son was starved Associated Press, Apr. 5, 2003 http://www.dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,200~20954~1302962,00.html SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — A woman whose 19-month-old son starved to death in a suburban household that was run as a bizarre, cult-like clan that abused and neglected its 13 children was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Mary Campbell pleaded guilty in December to child endangerment charges in connection with the death of her son, Ndigo Campisi-Nyah-Wright. The baby’s death Nov. 13, 2001, led authorities to discover the bizarre household in Marin County, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Led by a patriarch who rejected modern medicine,

Marin patriarch receives maximum term in son’s death

Associated Press, Mar. 15, 2003 http://www.wilmingtonstar.com/ By JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press Writer Winnfred Wright believed his regimen of strict discipline and a diet of herbal supplements was a holy pursuit that would bring his large family closer to God. But a Marin County judge concluded Friday that Wright’s lifestyle was not only unconventional, but resulted in the starvation death of one of Wright’s children and sentenced him to the maximum term for felony child abuse. Wright, 46, had initially been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his child, who lived in a Lucas Valley home along

Judge OKs cult deprogramming

Marin News, Mar. 1, 2003 http://www.marinij.com/ By Gary Klien A judge granted bail yesterday to Deirdre Hart Wilson – one of three people convicted in the malnutrition death of a toddler they raised with 12 other children in Lucas Valley – so she can enter a treatment clinic for former cult members. Judge Terrence Boren set Wilson’s bail at $600,000, despite the objections of the District Attorney’s Office, which wanted Wilson held without bail pending her sentencing on April 14. Deputy District Attorney Barry Borden said Wilson has improperly been sending letters to her children and remains a danger to

Frightening Look Inside Marin’s ‘The Family’ Cult

AP, Jan. 18, 2003 http://www.ktvu.com/ NOVATO, Calif. — Newly released court records provide a horrifying glimpse inside a San Francisco Bay Area house where 13 children and five women lived under the control of a self-anointed leader. The records, released Friday as part of a criminal case against the patriarch, show that children were starved and beaten. A 19-month-old boy who died at the house on Nov. 13, 2001, was about the size of a normal five- to six-month-old baby, the records show. The group, which called itself the Family, came to light after the death of the tot, Ndigo

Cult-like family members plead guilty in neglect case

Contra Costa Times, Dec. 17, 2002 http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/4756983.htm”>Contra Costa Times | 12/17/2002 | Cult-like family members plead guilty in neglect case By Kim Curtis SAN FRANCISCO – Three people who lived together in Marin County with two other women and 13 children, pleaded guilty Monday to felony charges of child neglect after one of the children starved to death. Winnfred Wright and Mary Campbell, the biological parents of the 19-month-old boy who died in November 2001, pleaded guilty to child endangerment that ends in death, along with other neglect charges, said Marin County Prosecutor Ed Berberian. They originally pleaded innocent to