A seven-month-old baby died weighing just 9lbs after his parents fed him an alternative gluten-free diet.
The mother and father, from Beveren in Belgium, ran a natural food store in their town and insisted on putting their son Lucas on an alternative diet which included quinoa milk, despite doctors describing it as unsuitable.
The parents — identified as Peter, 34, and Sandrina, 30 — made the diagnosis that their son was gluten intolerant and had a lactose allergy. They began feeding him alternative products such as rice milk and quinoa milk.
Despite the parents’ concerns their child suffered from allergies, they did not seek professional advice. A search for medical documents for the child came up short.
“Not a single doctor had a dossier about Lucas and child protection services did not know about them,” prosecutors said.
In response, the baby’s father said: “We never went with Lucas to a doctor because we never noticed anything unusual.”
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