The parents of a seven-month-old baby, who died after being fed only an alternative gluten-free diet, are standing trial this week on charges that they intentionally malnourished their child.
When baby Lucas passed away in 2014, he weighed less than 10 pounds and an autopsy showed that his stomach was completely empty.
The child’s parents, who own a health food shop in Belgium, fed their son corn milk, rice milk, oat milk, quinoa milk and buckwheat milk.
They reportedly thought he was gluten and lactose intolerant, despite the fact that no doctor ever diagnosed him as such.
“We never went with Lucas to a doctor because we never noticed anything unusual,” the baby’s father reportedly said during the initial court proceedings on Tuesday.
When the baby became violently ill, they took him to a homeopathic medicine specialist, who instructed them to get the child to a hospital immediately.