Police were horrified to discover a vegan couple who had nearly starved their malnourished 5-month-old baby to death. The Florida couple, 20-year-old Julia French, and 31- year-old Robert Buskey, were both charged with child neglect after police investigators found the child weighing only 8lbs 8oz after being recorded at birth at 7lbs 9oz, according to WFTV News.
Police said that when they intervened the child “had sunken eyes, loose skin on his extremities… ribs and other bones were showing.” The couple switched the babies doctor recommended (vegan approved) formula to a potato-base mash instead. “At one point, when the child was doing good and healthy and gaining weight, he was on an organic formula and they changed it on their own,” said Detective Lauren Watson
According to police, the Florida couple had money to buy the formula they just chose not to for unexplained reasoning. The vegan couple are not legally married but according to reports, Julia calls herself Buskey’s “concubine” in accordance with their “Nazarite Hebrew” religion.
Police say the baby boy has gained half a pound since being taken away from his parents.