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Reedsburg parents arrested after 15-year-old dies during 40-day fast, police say

September 3, 2018

A Reedsburg father and mother were arrested Sunday after their 15-year-old son died during a 40-day fast, the Reedsburg Police Department said.

Kehinde Omosebi, 49, walked to the police department Sunday afternoon to report the death of his son, Reedsburg Police Chief Timothy Becker said. When officers responded to the family’s home on Alexander Avenue, they had to force their way in to find the son, Ayanfe Omosebi, “extremely emaciated and deceased,” Becker said.

Another 11-year-old child was also found extremely emaciated but alive along with the mother, 48-year-old Titilayno Omosebi, who was also emaciated, Becker said.

Becker said the father described himself as a “religious minister affiliated with Cornerstone Reformation Ministries,” and the family started their fast on July 19.

Kehinde Omosebi told police his son died on Friday, Becker said.

No food was found in the home, Becker said, and the mother and 11-year-old child were brought to a hospital for medical treatment, but Titilayno Omosebi refused, citing religious restrictions.

Kehinde and Titilayno Omosebi were taken to the Sauk County Jail on tentative charges of neglecting a child causing death and neglecting a child causing great bodily harm, Becker said.

He said the 11-year-old child was placed under protective custody and brought to the Children’s Hospital in Madison.

An autopsy for the 15-year-old boy is scheduled for Monday, and the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory will help the police department in the investigation.

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