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Vegan Florida Couple Almost Starved Baby To Death Feeding Homemade Formula

by | February 18, 2019

A couple from Florida was charged with neglect after allegedly almost starving their five-month-old son to death. Julia French and Robert Buskey of Titusville, the vegan Florida couple almost starved baby to death by reportedly switched their baby’s doctor recommended formula for some potato concoction that they found on the internet.

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According to WFTV news, the couple was charged with neglect after investigators found that their son had merely gained one pound since birth. The child weighed seven pounds, nine ounces at birth and was found to weigh only eight pounds, eight ounces at five months old.

According to court papers, the baby was lethargic and was so severely dehydrated and malnourished that he was having difficulties maintaining his temperature and sugar levels when he was found. The Florida Department of Children and Families said that the five-month old’s ribs were showing and his eyes were sunken. Titusville Police Detective, Lauren Watson has said that she has never seen a child this close to death.

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The child was doing well when he was on a formula prescribed by a doctor that was appropriate for a vegan diet. For some reason, the couple decided to change his formula to a mashed-potato creation found by French on the internet. The parents did not give a reason as to why they changed their son’s formula. It appears that they could afford the recommended formula.

The baby has been in the custody of DCF since Wednesday and has reportedly gained half a pound from fluids.

Buskey and French are being held in Brevard County Jail.

Please, for the love of God, don’t feed your baby homemade formula. Everywhere you look when it comes to recommendations for feeding your baby, you’ll see ‘fed is best.’ Fed is best when you feed your baby breast milk or regulated formulas. Playing around with homemade formulas can be so dangerous for your baby.

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Julie Nealon

Associate Editor, New York USA | Contactable via [email protected]


Categories: News, Parenting


5 Responses to “Vegan Florida Couple Almost Starved Baby To Death Feeding Homemade Formula”

  1. Sara
    February 19th, 2019 @ 10:52 am

    That poor baby 🙁 These people make us all look like we’re crazy. Myself and fellow vegan mama friends would never have done anything like this. They probably didn’t want to pay for the high cost of the formula. Otherwise I don’t get why they would stop the soy formula.

  2. angeline
    February 20th, 2019 @ 5:13 am

    rest in peace baby

  3. Mariana
    February 20th, 2019 @ 7:25 am

    This is so dangerous! Poor little baby, I pray he’s doing better. This is the kind of absurd that make the vegan cause/vegans look crazy to the eyes of the world.
    Anyway, I feel that there’s something else to it. According to the article the baby was severely dehydrated, not only malnourished. I’m just making assumptions here, but looks like not only the homemade formula wasn’t good for the baby, but also wasn’t enough amount of it. Even when you’re breastfeeding, if you don’t offer the baby plenty of it/frequently enough according to what he needs, not what you think he needs, he can dehydrate. Babies need fluids in the form of milk (good milk, that is, better breast but also certified formula), since they don’t drink water!

  4. Emmanuel
    February 20th, 2019 @ 2:32 pm

    This is a very sad story, people like that don’t deserve kids. Like Charlamange Tha god says “The craziest people come from the Bronx and all of Florida”. I pray the baby recover quickly and doesn’t suffer in the future for what the people that gave birth to him (not real parents) did to him (or her).

  5. lsee
    March 12th, 2019 @ 7:55 am

    Where were the grandparents , extended family or neighbors ? Is the internet Vegan mom alienating herself from them because she has the right to raise her son as she wants ? Get off the internet call grandparents and visit neighbor s get some sun on the way. Eat drink be social . It is healthy for many reasons . Vegan does not mean u need to hide what you look like or does it ?

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