From here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...bys-death.htmlFrench vegans charged with child neglect after baby's death
Two vegans whose 11-month-old baby daughter died from vitamin deficiency after drinking only its mother's milk have gone on trial in northern France, charged with child neglect.
French prosecutors allege the vitamin deficiency may have been linked to the mother's diet Photo: ALAMY
By Henry Samuel, Paris 5:18PM BST 29 Mar 2011
Sergipe and Joel Le Moaligou, who eat no animal products, called the emergency services in March, 2008, when their baby Louise appeared listless.
By the time the ambulance arrived at their home in Saint-Maulvis, north of Paris, she was already dead.
Louise weighed just 12lb, compared to an average 17.5lb for a child her age, and was deathly pale.
An autopsy showed that Louise was suffering from a vitamin A and B12 deficiency, which experts say increases a child's sensitivity to infections
French prosecutors allege the vitamin deficiency may have been linked to the mother's diet, and say that the couple also failed to follow medical advice to hospitalise the baby, who was suffering from bronchitis.
The parents, who also have a 13-year-old daughter who did not suffer vitamin deficiencies, became vegan after seeing "a television programme about how cattle were taken to abattoirs," said Stéphane Daquo, the mother's lawyer.
"They preferred applying clay or cabbage poultices whose recipes they found in their books. These are people who read the wrong thing at the wrong time," said Mr Daquo.
The parents are still vegan and "are completely aware of the mistake they made," said the father's lawyer, Patrick Quenel.
If convicted, the couple could face up to 30 years in prison.
Is a Mother (or parents) responsible if her diet (vegan or omni or whatever) directly contributes to her child's death? What if she suffers from an eating disorder like anorexia? Do the underlying reasons matter (like a vegan diet), or is it neglect regardless because their child died while in their care?
Good grief. Dont' even know why I'm weighing in on this one, I see it taking a turn for the worst. But yes, the parents are responsible for the child's death. However, 30 years seems rather extreme. Also I'd be interested to know if a ped. had told them that the mothers diet was detrimental to the baby's health.
I know lots of healthy vegan kids. I also know kids who for a variety of reasons aren't having complimentary foods in addition to breastmilk by 11 months. I don't think either of those things are neglectful. Was this child not receiving preventative medical care? I would question what else was going on that took until this child was deathly ill for this to be addressed, but I think that's very separate from being a breastfeeding vegan.
Did the child die of bronchitis, or of the vitamin deficiency? Or are they saying that the child would have been better able to fight off the bronchitis if she didn't have the vitamin deficiency?
At 11 months old, she should have been plenty old enough to eat foods other than the mom's breast milk, so I think that if they are to blame, it may be more from not feeding the child appropriate solids than for the mom's diet alone.
The B12 is harder. The only vegan sources I found are nutritional yeast (can you give that to a baby?) soy milk and fortified cereals. Sounds like mom and dad may not have been overly educated about that one.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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I'm trying to decide what I think. This popped up on some foodie site on my FB, with outraged replies. Like you Alissa, I wish I had more info.