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Parents arrested in Wisconsin after Son dies during 40-Day Fast



Kehinde Omosebi

Kehinde and Titilayo Omosebi have been arrested after their 15-year-old son starved to death during a 40-day fast.

Wisconsin State Journal reports that Kehinde, Titilayo, and their two sons, one 15-year-old and another 11, had embarked on a 40-day fast when the older one passed.

Kehinde, who identified himself as a minister with Cornerstone Reformation Ministries, walked into the Reedsburg Police Department to report the death.

When the police arrived at his house, they found his late son “emaciated and deceased.”

Both the younger son and Titilayo were also said to be “emaciated,” but they were alive.

Both parents have been charged with neglecting a child causing great bodily harm and neglecting a child causing death.

The younger son has been placed in protective custody and is receiving treatment at the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison.


  1. Amaka

    September 5, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Weren’t. They eating at all? I thought u break ur fast in the evenings … that’s eating once a. Day right? How do u die from that?

    • MIA

      September 5, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      I’m sorry even if they were eating once a day what justification do they have to make kids fast? If they wanna fast fine but leave the children out.

    • Beebee

      September 6, 2018 at 1:10 am

      For the boy to have died then it must have been a dry fast. No water, no food until the whole fast ends.

  2. Ada

    September 5, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Pastor that ordered fast is probably eating behind the scenes..this is when ignorance and common sense is not there..can only blame the parents n should be arrested for murder.. God gave us sense; religion is not ignorance..May his soul RIP..

  3. Engoz

    September 5, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    The investigators say there’s no evidence of the existence of the church he mentioned. He became unemployed in February. Probably decided a suicidal fast was the fastest way for God to answer his prayers or kill two birds with one stone-since there’s no money to buy food, let’s kuku call our hunger, fast. This is what happens when you remove your common sense and then rationalize simple and basic life concepts with some religious mumbo jumbo.

  4. Mama

    September 5, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    The way some Nigerians practice “religion” is just too senseless. I try not to give a commentary on religious issues because the things of God can’t always be reasoned with human wisdom, but this is not one of them.

    I remember years ago while attending a popular church’s program, the pastor (male) told everyone to fast; I can’t remember for how long, but I was gobsmacked when he mentioned that nursing mothers should also refrain from breastfeeding their babies for a certain number of hours so that the babies can also take part in the deliverance. Who says or does such things? What does a baby know about fasting? I’m certain some women actually did it. Even to my teenage ears that sounded so wrong, I went home and complained bitterly to my mum (it was her church not mine).

    Some of these Pastors really need to be careful about the things they say from the pulpit, and members need to start putting their brain to work. You can’t bribe God with your “good works”. Fasting is good but don’t kill yourself, Jesus already died in your stead.

  5. JaySol

    September 6, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    I think it’s high time we do spiritual things with sense. If your strenght can’t do a 6 to 6 fast, then do a 6 to 12 or 2 or 3 with plenty prayers. The level the mum is emaciated is scary. The look in her eyes too.. worrisome.

  6. Jaybe

    September 8, 2018 at 12:02 am

    These so called men of God are enjoying larger than life patronage. A recent viral video showed a “pastor” categorizing her congregation to “sow seed”. Special prayers were said for those who could sow 1-millon, 100k, 50k,…up till 5k. How gullible we easily become in the name of religion.
    The real reason behind any form or religious exploitation is ignorance.
    Even Jesus was addressing religious leaders when he said: “It is in vain that they keep worshipping me, for they teach commands of men as doctrines.” (Matt. 15:9)
    May we never fall prey to religious deception.

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