- The Washington Times - Monday, March 30, 2009

BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore mother accused of participating in a cult and starving her young son because he wouldn’t say “Amen” after meals is going on trial along with four others in the child’s death.

Prosecutors say 22-year-old Ria Ramkissoon (RAM’-kis-soon) was part of a religious cult known to investigators as 1 Mind Ministries. Her mother and attorney have said she was brainwashed and acted only at the group leader’s will.

One-year-old Javon Thompson’s remains were found in a suitcase in Philadelphia last year. Prosecutors say the child died in December 2006.

The trial is set to begin Monday in Baltimore Circuit Court.

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