It was claimed by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) that the little boy was found in a miserable state, malnourished with sunken eyes.
A couple allegedly starved their five-month-old son to death by only feeding him a diet of mashed potatoes they found on the Internet. The couple, Julia French, 20, and Robert Buskey, 31, hailing from Titusville, Florida was charged on account of neglect after the police found that the baby weighed about 8 pounds, 8 ounces which were just 1lb more than what he weighed when he was born, as reported by WFTV.
It was claimed by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) that the little boy was found in a miserable state, malnourished with his ribs visible and sunken eyes. The department raised an investigation after noticing the baby's malnourished state.
Lauren Watson, a Titusville Police detective, said, "At one point, when the child was doing good and healthy and gaining weight, he was on an organic formula and they changed it on their own. I've never seen a child to this level, this close to possible death."
"I’ve never seen a child to this level, this close to possible death. At one point, when the child was doing good and healthy and gaining weight, he was on organic formula [but] they changed it on their own," she said. The couple is claimed to be unmarried though a source told WESH that French is claimed to be Buskey's concubine under 'Nazarite Hebrew' religious principles.
The couple was claimed to have forsaken the vegan diet that would have fitted their vegan lifestyle prescribed their doctor and instead choose to feed the baby with a potato-based diet which they found on the Internet. The parents who were able to afford the prescribed formula of diet refrained from explaining why they resorted to the latter diet.
The parents were aware that the baby was not flourishing but refused to do anything about it. The baby was in a constant lethargic state and had trouble to maintain his temperature and sugar due to severe dehydration and malnourishment. He is currently admitted to a Florida hospital while his parents are held at custody at the Brevard County Jail and is making good progress concerning his health.
From Wednesday, the infant, who is currently in DCF custody, has gained a half a pound from just fluids. The baby's father still seemed to question the accuracy of the child's medical reports. The Titusville police said that the family's physician has given the parents advice regarding nutrition and provided instructions as to an organic formula.
Soon the baby's health seemed to be improving significantly though later the parents changed the formula to one of their own. The couple seemed to be feeding the baby with potato-based formula despite the baby responding better to the organic formula. The couple was unable to provide a proper explanation as to why they had changed the organic milk formula to a potato-based one. The baby could suffer long-term medical issues as a result of his long-term malnourishment that he suffered during the first five months of his life. But with hope, the baby will start to make a recovery and continue to gain weight.