A vegan couple starved their young daughter for nutrients after putting her on a plant-based diet that was so extreme that she suffered permanent brain damage.
The Victoria District Court heard that the dead was suffering from cerebral palsy due to the strict diet caused by malnutrition.
The Australian mother and father, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, fed the one-year-old girl a homemade formula made from coconut water and powder after she stopped breastfeeding in 2017.
When medics told them their daughter’s diet was not nutritious enough, they turned to alternative medicine websites in Queensland and the United States for advice and skipped medical appointments. news.com.au. Reports.
In a message the 32-year-old mother sent to her partner, she asked if he would raise her daughter’s “weight loss and limpness” problem with a counselor in the United States.
In August 2018, the baby landed on a life support machine after being taken to Geelong University Hospital and doctors discovered that the baby was bleeding internally, had blood in the stool, bruises, open wounds, rashes, and skin discoloration.
She also had severe protein-calorie malnutrition known as “kwashiorkor”.
The court heard that it is common in children from countries affected by famine.
A week before she was hospitalized, her 34-year-old father emailed a US-based “herbal health club” for advice.
He said, “Hello, my 1 year old stopped wanting to drink / eat and when she does it doesn’t stay down or she starts coughing. What can I do to help her keep it down and allow her to drink? She has no time. She is on a fruit diet. Please help asap. “
The counselor suggested “stomach tea” for the baby instead of medical treatment.
The court heard the baby weighed only 6,040 kg when it ended up in intensive care for a month.
Her restrictive diet led her to develop cerebral palsy, a persistent movement disorder that resulted in poor coordination, muscle weakness, and tremors.
The couple, who cannot be identified, admitted negligently causing serious injuries on Monday.
Judge Claire Quin ordered both of them to give 12 months of corrective orders and undergo mental health treatment.
The couple separated before the case went to court and the girl, now three years old, lives with her mother, who shows her daughter “dedication and dedication” and deals with health professionals.
Judge Quin told the court, “The exercise of mercy is justified.
“She (the girl) is facing a difficult and challenging life.”
If a parent violates the Community Correctional Ordinance or Conditions, they will be brought to trial for re-conviction.