Florida vegan parents reportedly starved and would have left their malnourished 5-month-old baby after they stopped using the drug-seeking formula and gave him a mashed potato purée. announced the police.
Robert Buskey, 31, and Julia French, 20, have been charged with hurting the toddler and could face new charges.
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The suspects have been described as vegans who have ignored the doctor's requests to feed organic baby formula and have instead begun giving it to the child, reported WFTV 9.
"I have never seen children at this level, as close to death as possible," said Detective Lauren Watson of the Titusville Police Department.
"At one point, when the child was well and healthy and was gaining weight, he was taking a biological formula. [but] they changed them themselves, "she added.
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Police said the baby weighed 8 pounds and 8 ounces at 5 months, which was just one pound more than birth weight, reported FOX 8.
The baby's ribs were visible and his eyes were sunken, the authorities said. The baby was also sleepy and had erratic temperature and sugar levels due to dehydration and malnutrition.
He is now recovering at the hospital and has since regained weight, although the famine may have caused long-term damage.
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The police said the couple could not explain why they decided to change the organic milk formula to a potato-based formula.