Mother Whose Toddler Starved To Death Soon Released From Jail

A Maryland woman who pleaded guilty to being part of a religious cult that starved her toddler son to death will soon be released from the Baltimore jail.

Lawyers on both sides say they've agreed to send Ria Ramkissoon to a counseling center in rural northeast Maryland.

Ramkissoon is set to receive a 20-year suspended sentence under her plea deal. But a sentencing hearing Tuesday was postponed because her co-defendants have not yet gone on trial. She was one of five people charged in the death of 1-year-old Javon Thompson.

Authorities say the five starved the child because he did not say "Amen" after meals. Police found his body in a suitcase in Philadelphia.

Ramkissoon agreed to testify against the four other cult members as part of her plea deal.


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