Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Md. cult members face sentencing for child's death

Last updated May 18, 2010 1:34 a.m. PT

Md. cult members face sentencing for child's death

BALTIMORE -- Three cult members face sentencing in Baltimore for the death of a toddler starved for not saying "Amen" after meals.

The child's mother, 23-year-old Ria Ramkissoon, is already in a residential treatment program for young women as part of an unusual plea bargain in which her plea will be withdrawn if the child is resurrected.

Prosecutors say cult leader Queen Antoinette told the mother that denying food would cure her child's rebellious spirit. Antoinette, her daughter Trevia Williams and fellow cult member Marcus Cobbs face up to 60 years on second-degree murder and child abuse charges at sentencing Tuesday.

Javon Thompson's body was found in a suitcase in Philadelphia in 2008, more than a year after his death in Baltimore.

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