The Latest: Parents charged after teen dies during fast
REEDSBURG, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a teenager who died during a religious fast in Wisconsin (all times local):
Wisconsin prosecutors have charged a father and mother from Reedsburg who allegedly let their teenage son die during a religious fast.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports Sauk County prosecutors charged 49-year-old Kehinde Omosebi (OH’-moh-see-bee) and 48-year-old Titilayo Omosebi with child neglect causing death as well as child neglect causing great bodily harm.
Reedsburg Police Chief Timothy Becker says Kehinde Omosebi went to police on Sunday to report his 15-year-old son’s death. When officers arrived at the family’s home, they found the dead teen and an extremely emaciated 11-year-old boy. They also found Titilayo Omosebi emaciated.
Kehinde Omosebi told police he was a minister and the family had started a religious fast July 19. Becker says police don’t believe he’s a minister.
Kehinde Omosebi’s attorney, Leonie Dolch, didn’t immediately return a voicemail. Online court records did not list an attorney for Titilayo Omosebi.
A father and mother have been arrested in southern Wisconsin after their teenage son died and another child was hospitalized following what the father described as a weekslong religious fast.
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.
Becker says the father told police he was a minister and that the family had started a religious fast July 19.
Becker says police do not believe the father is a minister. He says the younger boy remains hospitalized in Madison.
Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj