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April 5th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

Couple held in starving death of boy

Brooke discusses the death of 11-year-old Johnathan Ramsey after his parents fed him only small amounts of bread and water to survive.  He  was reported missing to the police by his paternal grandfather after he had not seen the boy since January 2011. Both parents admitted to only feeding Johnathan "military rations" as punishment.

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  1. Tracy

    Was this a Zombie Squad family? They may have just been trying to cut back on food to prapare for survival pictures online.

    April 6, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  2. Dave

    Two words..............Death Penalty

    April 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  3. Just Me

    Zombie Squad does not believe in starving children. The group is a 501(c)3 charity and believes in being prepared to weather disasters such as hurricanes, blizzards, etc. They do not endorse, promote, engage in or sanction illegal activities of any sort (like starving children).

    April 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  4. Sarah

    Military rations for a growing child? This is beyond abusive; it is gross neglect and homicide. Why are some people so hard on their children? This both saddens and sickens me.

    April 9, 2012 at 1:24 am |
  5. ZS in Texas

    Quite a few members of Zombie Squad are current or former law enforcement, medical personnel (anything from EMTs to doctors) and foster parents. I don't believe you've ever visited the Zombie Squad forums, or you would never have made such an inaccurate statement.

    If Johnathan was ever attended to by an EMT, doctor or nurse, they could have been a Zombie Squad member. If law enforcement was ever called to the house, it could have been a Zombie Squad member.

    Bread, water and sometimes milk are not military rations. MREs are actually rather calorie-dense and used not only in the military, but distributed in disaster-ravaged areas as well. After Hurricane Ike, FEMA distributed them in my area. I also ate them back in the late 1970s, when Hurricane Frederick hit the area in which I lived. Had this child been given MREs, he'd have fared a lot better. Please Google Meals Ready to Eat, and you'll see that they are more than, "bread, water and sometimes milk."

    April 9, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
  6. Carlos

    No starving hidden children they must be protected.

    April 10, 2012 at 8:36 am |
  7. A Father

    These people should be kept away from society for rest of their lives and should not be allowed to breed again

    April 11, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  8. bob

    only thing left to do is to administer identical punishment to parents. So they know what they did.

    April 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  9. anonymous

    Starve the parents and ditch them in the woods

    April 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  10. Cheezer

    Zombie Squad is a front for Scientology. They form the core taskmasters for Sea Org.

    April 19, 2012 at 10:37 am |
  11. Michael

    As Dave said... Two words... Death penalty

    April 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  12. Randall Hurd

    Another Angel went home.

    I'll see you in Heaven Johnathon, peace.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  13. Bobby

    Bread and Water is definitely not military rations, but yet a form of punishment in the military that is rarely used. It is a form of punishment after someone has been found guilty of a offense, however that would only last 3 days.

    April 19, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
  14. Steve

    Please, put these parents in jail and feed them bread and water only until the die. And make

    April 20, 2012 at 10:26 am |
  15. Gary

    He hit his step mother in the stomach, killing three babies. He got the death penalty, which is what he (a baby killer) deserved. Let the parents go!!! Sorry, no sympathy from me, you bleeding hearts.

    April 20, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  16. doctorlulzington

    I have trouble believing the story that he made his stepmother miscarry. Sounds very fishy to me.

    April 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  17. RobMan

    Bread and water do NOT constitute 'military rations'. MREs (Meals, Ready To Eat) aren't the greatest thing in the world, but are far more nutritious and contain more calories than bread and water.

    Any conventional means of execution would be far too humane. The only appropriate punishment is for these people to be starved to death themselves, so that they learn and understand what this child must have felt like as he died.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
  18. ariel

    gary, takes more then a hit to the stomach for children to die. many babies are born with no pre-natel care to women for do crack, cocaine and even heroin, and somehow their babies survived. likewise many women have had things to that caliber happen and they have not lost their babies, i hit to the stomach from a scrawny child would not be enough to kill the fetus's, or if it was then they must not have been all to well. Secondly it doesn't even tell you how far along she was in the pregnancy , if it was in the first trimester they may have been lost for natural reasons. Most pregnancies are miscarried in the first and second trimester. Either way Purposely starving your child to death and then hiding it for a year, are in no way shape or form a just punishment to a child. That child died alone, with out anyone to care for him while the parents carried on their lives. Even after having gone through a miscarriage i can understand it is hard, very very very hard, and depressing, but she could have had another child. This wasnt her only chance to have a child. But it was this family's only chance to take care of their child that was existing, and they decided to neglect and kill him.

    April 26, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
  19. ariel

    sorry *one hit to the stomach

    April 26, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
  20. tello

    I hope they get the death penalty. Death by starvation. Let's send a message.

    May 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  21. Kutter_0311 on Zombie Squad

    Starving a kid is horrible. So is advocating starving the parents. Some of you are a little off, I think.

    For the record, I've never seen anything on the Family Prep area about starving your kids, just making sure you have enough food, water, diapers, etc to get them through the rough times. I've never seen anything anywhere on zombie Squad about Scientology. I can only assume Tracy and Cheezer are what we call 'tinfoil hat' types, that something in their head habitually links random things together despite a total lack of actual connection. Since the whole site is open to the public, I encourage anyone who is suspicious to read every post. There is a lot of good knowledge there, you might learn something.

    September 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
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