Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Md. cult leader gets 50 years for child's death

Last updated May 18, 2010 10:41 a.m. PT

Md. cult leader gets 50 years for child's death

BALTIMORE -- A cult leader convicted of the starvation death of a toddler in Baltimore has been sentenced to 50 years in prison by a judge who called her a manipulator of lost souls.

Queen Antoinette was sentenced Tuesday. Her daughter, Trevia Williams, and fellow cult member Marcus Cobbs were each given 25 year sentences for second-degree murder and child abuse, with all but 15 years on one count suspended.

Prosecutors say Queen Antoinette told the mother that denying food would cure her child's rebellious spirit.

Antoinette told the judge before sentencing that she is not remorseful because she is not guilty.

The child's mother, 23-year-old Ria Ramkissoon, is in a residential treatment program for young women after pleading guilty.

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