This baby wouldn’t say amen after the prayer for mealtime.
A 19 month Philadelphia boy, who was found dead inside a suitcase, was starved by religious group members, including his mother because he wouldn’t pray after meals.
Three members of the cult called 1 Mind Ministries and the toddler’s mother were charged with first-degree murder.
The investigation revealed that Javon Thompson, almost 19 months old died in his mother’s arms after he was not fed since December 2006. Police found the suitcase with the remains of the child in April 2007, after they received confidential information. According to court documents, members of religious group did not seek for medical care, letting Javon die of hunger.
Queen Antoinette, one of the members left the child’s body in the room for more than a week, saying that “God was going to raise Javon from the dead.” Then she placed his body in a suitcase, disinfecting it from time to time to disguise the odor from the body.
They went on trial in February 2010:
Antoinette said in court that she had rules in her house, but she never forced anyone to do anything.
But Drake told the jury that “the force exerted was psychological, perhaps spiritual,” claiming that Antoinette manipulated people using their fear of eternal damnation. Queen claimed that God spoke to her, and her rules were his rules.
“Queens give orders and she expected to be obeyed,” Drake said.
In a letter written to help establish her burgeoning business, 1 Mind Ministries, as a nonprofit, Antoinette described herself as “a chosen daughter of the most high God and a Queen of Jesus Christ,” Drake said, reading from the document.
The mother of the boy still believes that he might come back one day if she has enough faith. The fear of eternal damnation thing makes people do some really effed-up things.