VIA THE WASHINGTON POST:
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The plea agreement contained an extraordinary provision: If Javon is resurrected, the plea will be withdrawn.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.