Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Parents Arrested In US For Starving Their Son To Death In The Name Of Fasting

Wisconsin prosecutors charged a father and mother Tuesday with child for all their sons and their brother to die severely emaciated during a religious fast.

Sauk County prosecutors charged Kehinde Omosebi, 49, and Titilayo Omosebi, 48, with child neglect causing death and child neglect causing great bodily harm. Both charges are felonies and carry a combined maximum sentence of 37 years in prison.

Sauk County Circuit Judge Wendy J.N. Klicko set bail at $ 5,000 for Kehinde Omosebi during his initial court appearance Tuesday.

Assistant District Attorney Linda Hoffman said Kehinde Omosebi told police he believes he has done nothing wrong.

Titilayo Omosebi is due to make her initial appearance Wednesday. Online court records did not list an attorney for her.

Kehinde Omosebi walked to the Reedsburg police station Sunday to report the death of his 15-year-old son, according to police Chief Timothy Becker. When police arrived at home, they were 11 months old boy. The mother was also found to be emaciated.

Becker said the father told police he was a minister affiliated with Cornerstone Reformation Ministries and that the family had started on July 19. Investigators do not believe the father is a minister and made up for the ministry, Becker said.

"There's no IRS number, no corporation," he said.

No food was found in the house and they were padlocked on the inside.

"The residence had no phone, no power, no food," Becker told the State Journal. "There was a garage in the garage with some clothes in it. That was it, with the exception of a tambourine that was found."

Hoffman, the assistant district attorney, said Kehinde Omosebi told police he was planning to move his family to Atlanta. He sold all the family's belongings and had not paid rent in several months, she said in court.

Dolch told the court that Kehinde Omosebi had worked at Reedsburg but has been unemployed since February.

The younger boy and his mother were brought to the hospital. The mother refused treatment, citing religious reasons, and duties to the Sauk County Jail.

The 11-year-old is in protective custody at Children's Hospital in Madison. Becker said

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