A judge in Belgium has handed down a six-month suspended jail sentence to two parents after their seventh-month old baby died, it was thought that the infant’s death was a result of a vegan diet that led to undernourishment and organ failure.
The infant was severely underweight at the time of death weighing just 9 pounds. A healthy baby of that age is estimated to be about 7 pounds heavier being a healthy weight of 16 pounds at the time of death Lucas’ organs had shrunk to half their normal size.
The judge Mieke Butstraen sentance Baby Lucus’s parents with the death of their baby. The couple in question owns a health food store and reportedly feed their baby vegetable milk made of “oak, buckwheat, rice, and quinoa,” according to the BBC.
The child’s mother testified. “Sometimes he gained a little weight, sometimes he lost a little. We never wished for the death of our son,” while his father stated “We never went with Lucas to a doctor because we never noticed anything unusual.”
Judge Bustraen said: “The [death was the] result of the systematic offer of food which was not suitable,” he argued. “His health was seriously impeded, and he eventually died.”