Baby ‘Starved to Death’ Because He Did Not Say Amen

On the AP via the Sydney Morning Herald:

(Left) Ria Ramkissoon and her son Javon Thompson, (top right) Queen Antoinette and (bottom right) Trevia Williams.

For more than a week, Ria Ramkissoon watched passively as her one-year-old son wasted away, denied food and water because the older woman she lived with said it was God’s will. Javon Thompson was possessed by an evil spirit, Ramkissoon was told, because he didn’t say “Amen” during a mealtime prayer. Javon didn’t talk much, given his age, but he had said “Amen” before, Ramkissoon testified in a US court in Baltimore.

On the day Javon died, Ramkissoon was told to “nurture him back to life”. She mashed up some carrots and tried to feed the boy, but he was no longer able to swallow. Ramkissoon put her hands on his chest to confirm that his heart had stopped beating.

Ramkissoon and several other people knelt down and prayed that he would rise from the dead. For weeks afterward, Ramkissoon spent much of her time in a room with her son’s emaciated body — talking to him, dancing, even giving him water. She thought she could bring him back.

Ramkissoon told the tale of her son’s excruciating death from the witness stand on Wednesday, at the trial of the woman she says told her not to feed the boy. Queen Antoinette was the leader of a small religious cult, according to police and prosecutors, and she faces murder charges alongside her daughter, Trevia Williams, and another follower, Marcus A. Cobbs.

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7 Responses to Baby ‘Starved to Death’ Because He Did Not Say Amen

  1. tonyviner February 28, 2010 at 4:14 am #

    I don't know what people expect anymore, I would be more alarmed if people started acting as civilized as they brag about being.

  2. James_Smith February 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

    Sure, “What harm does religion do?” We atheists should just shut up and leave them alone to brainwash their children, then murder them if that doesn't work.

    After they accomplish that little chore, then they have time to start wars, burn witches, torture heretics, and impose the rest of their sick ideas on others by the force of law, intimidation, and physical violence. But it's all for the “greater glory of god,” praise the lord.

    • hgvkhgvjkh March 1, 2010 at 10:55 am #

      As an Athiest, I even think this is a little unfair. Obviously this was an extremist cult, and does not represent religion as a whole. I think the majority of religious people would realize their baby needs to eat to live.

      • openMinded March 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

        As an agnostic, I fully agree with hgvkhgvkh that James_Smith is poorly biased.
        James_Smith does not have the brain power to talk about religion and should shut up until he takes a good look at himself.

    • Jim April 1, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

      James this is a serius broblem and you need calm down and shut up. I question your hat? Why this hat? I hate this hat.

  3. openMinded March 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    As an agnostic, I fully agree with hgvkhgvkh that James_Smith is poorly biased.
    James_Smith does not have the brain power to talk about religion and should shut up until he takes a good look at himself.

  4. Jim April 2, 2011 at 12:19 am #

    James this is a serius broblem and you need calm down and shut up. I question your hat? Why this hat? I hate this hat.

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