Vegan parents on trial in death of baby fed only breast milk

The Globe & Mail

In a case that is likely to spark heated debate, a vegan couple are on trial in France this week facing charges of "neglect or food deprivation" in the death of their 11-month old baby.

According to the Guardian, Sergine and Joel Le Moaligou called an ambulance to their home in the village of Saint-Maulvis – 90 miles north of Paris – in March 2008 after their daughter Louise became listless, according to the Guardian newspaper. By the time paramedics arrived, the baby had died, the paper reports.

A postmortem showed the child weighed 5.7kg when she should have been about 8kg.

It appears a number of factors had a role.

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