Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Murder trial in child cult death

Last updated March 30, 2009 7:29 a.m. PT
Murder trial of 5 in Md. cult child death to begin
BALTIMORE -- A Baltimore mother is going on trial with four other suspected cult members, all charged with the death of the woman's young son.
Authorities say the five defendants are accused of starving Javon Thompson in part because he wouldn't say "Amen" after meals. The trial was set to open later Monday in Baltimore Circuit Court.
The 1-year-old child's remains were found in a suitcase in Philadelphia last year. Prosecutors say the child died in December 2006.
Prosecutors say the mother of the child, Ria Ramkissoon, was part of a religious cult identified in court documents as 1 Mind Ministries. All five are charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

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