A vegan couple in France has been charged with criminal neglect after the death of their 11-month-old daughter. Sergine and Joel Le Moaligou were charged after their daughter died from vitamin deficiency due to the fact that they only fed her mother’s milk. In a prior column, I wrote about the disparate treatment given parents who kill their children for religious reasons as opposed to non-religious neglect.
The parents are strict vegans that reject even eggs and cow’s milk. They only allowed her the breast milk of Sergine Moaligou, 37.
When emergency crews responded to their calls, the baby was already dead in their home in a small village called Saint-Maulvis. She weighed just 12.5 pounds. She was found to have a vitamin A and B12 deficiency.
The weight should have been a warning for the parents. However, it would be interesting in the criminal trial to hear from experts on non-vegan families. My understanding is that many babies receive mainly breast milk for the first six months or longer. This appears to be a problem with the lack of those vitamins in the mother’s milk. That makes for a challenging case.
The parents are charged with “neglect or food deprivation followed by death” and face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
Source: Daily Mirror