A toddler was left so severely malnourished by her parents in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs she couldn't sit up, a court heard today. She couldn't speak or feed herself either her carer told the court.
A baby girl fed a vegan diet by her parents was so undernourished by the time she reached 19 months old looked like she was just three months old, a Sydney court has heard.
The toddler's parents – who can't be named for legal reasons – have pleaded guilty to failing to provide for her, causing danger of serious injury.
The baby was just 19-months-old when she was admitted to Sydney Children's Hospital, at 4.9 kilograms, half the weight she should have been,She is now two and a half and still a size zero, the carer said.
The girl's father has now turned on her mother, who was vegan and can’t be identified, claiming she was the boss and he just followed her orders.
However, the Judge interjected and said he was a mature man who could have picked up his daughter and driven her to hospital at any time.
The mother has asked for leniency on the basis she had post-natal depression, a claim the Crown disputed.
Court documents reveal she was fed oats, potatoes, rice, tofu, bread, peanut butter and rice milk. A mouthful of fruit or two sultanas were her snacks.
The Sydney vegan couple, who hadn't vaccinated the toddler, faced a sentence hearing at Downing Centre District Court on Thursday and will be sentenced in June.
Each parent is only facing a maximum of five years in prison for the treatment and lack of care provided to their baby girl.