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

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 went to the family’s home on Alexander Avenue, they had to force their way in through doors that had padlocks on the inside and found the boy, Ayanfe Omosebi, “extremely emaciated and deceased,” Becker said.

An 11-year-old child was also found extremely emaciated but alive along with the mother, 48-year-old Titilayo 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.

Very sad when religious confusion causes a tragedy like this.

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