A couple who fed their baby meat-free diet left her severely malnourished.
The 33-year-old mother and father, 35, admitted to providing a completely vegan diet to their child causing a lot of health issues to their baby.
The pair is ordered to undergo 18-month intensive corrections and will also undertake 300 hours community service.
At the time, the child was severely malnourished, had no teeth and was not able to stand up. She weighed less than 5kg (11lbs) and looked like a three-month-old. The child was fed a diet consisting of oats and rice milk.
They fed the girl a diet that was so minimal in basic nutrients that she developed rickets which is a degenerative bone disease caused by a shortage of vital nutrients in infants. The small girl was immediately put into foster care. The child has since gained on more than 12kgs of weight.
The carer who is taking care of the girl said, ‘For the first 19 months of her life (the girl) did not receive the basic care to grow and develop.’
‘[The girl] was defenseless and unable to protect herself from her parents.’
She further said, ‘Caring for [the girl] was like caring for a very young baby.’
The child who is almost three now made considerable progress but her weight and height were out of proportion.
Source – Daily Mail