Vegan parents in Titusville, Florida, have been accused of harming their 5-month-old baby after they substituted a potato-based mash for the recommended organic milk formula. Robert Buskey, 31, and Julia French, 20, may face additional charges.
Police said the baby weighed only 8 pounds, 8 ounces, a single pound more than his weight at birth. His eyes were sunken, his ribs visible, he was drowsy and had an erratic temperature and sugar levels due to dehydration and malnourishment. “I’ve never seen a child to this level, this close to possible death,” Detective Lauren Watson of the Titusville Police Department said. “At one point, when the child was doing good and healthy, and gaining weight, he was on organic formula [but] they changed it on their own,” she added.
The child is currently hospitalized and has gained some weight, though prolonged starvation may have caused long-term damage.
According to police, the parents were unable to explain why they decided to discontinue the milk formula and feed their baby potato-based mash.
Source: Luke Mikelionis, Fox News, February 16, 2019.