A Wisconsin couple whose 15-year-old son died after they forced him to join a 40-day fast in search of a blessing from God could now spend the next 25 years in prison for their negligence.
The Reedsburg Police Department in Wisconsin said in a statement Monday that Kehinde S. Omosebi, 49, walked into the department at about 4 p.m. Sunday to report the death of his son, Ayanfe O. Omosebi.
When police got to the family home, which was padlocked from the inside, they found Ayanfe’s emaciated corpse. His 11-year-old brother who was also emaciated was found alive along with his mother Titilayno A. Omosebi, 48.
A criminal complaint cited by WMTV said the couple’s home had no food inside and only had one bedroom with a bed and another room with four metal chairs placed in a square form.
Kehinde Omosebi told police the family started a 40-day fast on July 19, only drinking water so they could get blessings from God to move to Atlanta. He told police he was a minister affiliated with the Cornerstone Reformation Ministries.
Sonny Hyde, pastor of the Cornerstone Ministry Baptist Church in Reedsburg, told the Wisconsin State Journal that the family was not affiliated with his church, and that he had never heard of Cornerstone Reformation Ministries in the community.
“We’re certainly praying for the other child,” he said.
Reedsburg Police Chief Tim Becker said while he was aware of religious fasting, he had never heard of a fast that long.
“I am not aware of a fast that long. I am aware of religious fasting but not familiar with kids doing it and doing it to a point where your health is compromised,” he said.
SOURCE: Christian Post