vegans charged with infants death

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    wo vegans who fed their 11-month-old daughter only mother's milk went on trial in northern France on Tuesday charged with neglect after their baby died suffering from vitamin deficiency.

    Sergine and Joel Le Moaligou, whose vegan diet forbids consuming any animal product including eggs and cow's milk, called the emergency services in March 2008 after becoming worried about their baby Louise's listlessness.

    When the ambulance arrived at their home in Saint-Maulvis, a small village 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of Paris, the baby was already dead.

    The ambulance workers called the police because the child was pale and thin, weighing 5.7 kilos (12.5 pounds) compared to an average eight kilos for her age.

    The baby had only been fed on the milk of her mother, who was aged 37 at the time.

    An autopsy showed that Louise was suffering from a vitamin A and B12 deficiency which experts say increases a child's sensitivity to infection and can be due to an unbalanced diet.

    "The problem of vitamin B12 deficiency could be linked to the mother's diet," said Anne-Laure Sandretto, deputy prosecutor in the city of Amiens where the trial is taking place.

    French vegans in dock over baby's death

    how could the parents know the mother's milk was not giving all the vits needed?
    it is not odd to breastfeed for the entire first year.
     
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    That's EXACTLY why I don't stick to just one woman! A variety of tits may have saved my life!
     
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    They didn't know and they probably never thought about it. They assumed a vegan diet was better for them; obviously not. I wonder why they didn't take supplements.
     
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    do all vegans take supplements?

    the age of the mother kinda shocked me...36 ish .....the not gaining weight ....on the infants part...were there no well checks?
     
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    I don't know but they should. They're not getting all the nutrients when their diet is lacking in certain foods.

    Yeah you'd think that the parents and/or docs would have noticed the lack of growth.
     
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    lots of blame to go away.....i am always nervous around skinny infants.... my son looked like the michelin man
     
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    The most damning thing from a legal perspective is the fact they were told by medical staff that there were issues with the way they were feeding the child.

    Things like this are troubling to me, as you see an interest in the state of protecting children, but there is also the interest of the parents in raising thier own children the way they want to.

    There was no malice on the parents part, as they did take actions to correct the problems with the child. The actions were just not sufficent.
     
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    A tragic story, but I don't see how anything positive can come out of sending the parents to prison.
     
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    Perhaps the state should be prosecuted for not acting sooner on behalf of the baby.
     

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