[dropcap]N[/dropcap]igerian parents have been arrested in the US for allegedly allowing their teenage son to starve to death. And his brother to become severely emaciated during a religious fast.
Wisconsin prosecutors charged Kehinde Omosebi, 49, and Titilayo Omosebi, 48, with child neglect causing death and great bodily harm to the brother of the deceased. Both charges are felonies and carry a combined maximum sentence of 37 years in prison.
Reedsburg Police Chief Timothy Becker says the father went to the police station Sunday to report the death of his 15-year-old son. When police arrived at the family’s home they found the dead teen and an extremely emaciated 11-year-old boy. The mother was also found to be emaciated.
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Becker said the father told police he was a minister affiliated with Cornerstone Reformation Ministries and that the family had started a religious fast on July 19, 2018. Investigators do not believe the father is a minister and made up the name of the ministry.
The younger boy and his mother were brought to the hospital. The mother refused treatment, citing religious reasons, and was taken to the Sauk County Jail.
The surviving 11-year-old boy is in protective custody at Children’s Hospital in Madison.
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