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Reedsburg PD investigates teen's death after family’s 40-day fast

Kehinde S. Omosebi and Titilayno A. Omosebi
Kehinde S. Omosebi and Titilayno A. Omosebi(NBC15)
Published: Sep. 3, 2018 at 11:06 AM CDT
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Police in Reedsburg are investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy after his father reported the death to authorities.

The boy's parents, Kehinde and Titilayo Omosebi, were arrested for neglecting a child causing death and neglecting a child causing great bodily harm. Both are in the Sauk County Jail.

The Reedsburg Police Department posted a news release about the investigation on the department's Facebook page. Police said the boy's father walked into the Reedsburg Police Department around 4 p.m. Sunday to report the death on Alexander Avenue.

Officers then responded to the home and forced their way inside because the doors were padlocked from the inside, according to the release. They found 15-year-old Ayanfe O. Omosebi extremely emaciated and deceased.

Officers also found an 11-year-old boy alive, and extremely emaciated. 48-year-old Titilayo A. Omosebi was also found responsive and emaciated.

Police said the father, 49-year-old Kehinde S. Omosebi, described himself as a religious minister affiliated with the Cornerstone Reformation Ministries. His family started a fast on July 19 and were fasting for 40 days, he told police. Officers found no food in the apartment.

Kehinde stated that Ayanfe had died on Friday.

Titilayo and the 11-year-old were taken to the Reedsburg Area Medical Center for treatment. Titilayo refused treatment citing religious restrictions. The 11-year-old child was taken into protective custody, medically treated and transported to another hospital.