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Vegan couple whose strict plant-based diet gave their infant daughter brain damage avoid jail by pleading guilty

An Australian couple so dedicated to veganism that they deprived their infant daughter of critical nutrients and gave her cerebral palsy have avoided jail by pleading guilty to negligently causing serious injury to the child.



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The plea, entered Monday in the County Court of Victoria, also enabled them to retain custody of the girl, who they so severely malnourished that doctors treating her said she presented with symptoms normally only found in famine-stricken countries.

The girl, now 3, suffered crippling brain damage, has cerebral palsy due to the malnutrition and “faces a difficult and challenging life,” the judge said, according to the website News.com.au.

Instead of converting her to solid food at 4 months as her mother’s milk supply ebbed, the parents ditched established medical expertise and put their faith

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