Suspended sentence, probation for woman who starved son at cult leader's behest
A woman who starved her 1-year-old son to death at the behest of a religious cult leader has been given a suspended sentence and probation.
Ria Ramkissoon pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in the death of her son, Javon Thompson. The plea agreement contained an extraordinary provision: If Javon is resurrected, the plea will be withdrawn.
Cult leader Queen Antoinette told followers not to feed Javon when he did not say “Amen” during a mealtime prayer. Antoinette, her daughter and another man were convicted of second-degree murder.
Ramkissoon, who has been in jail since her 2008 arrest, was given five years probation on Wednesday and must complete the program at a residential treatment facility.
Assistant State's Attorney Julie Drake called the sentence compassionate but fair. She says the state sees Ramkissoon as a victim.
This item has been updated since it was first published.
-- Associated Press
Washington Post Editors
April 21, 2010; 12:46 PM ET
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