Elizabeth Hawk, a 33-year-old mother from Pennsylvania, was recently charged with child endangerment. It was discovered that she was feeding her 11-month-old child an extreme vegan diet.
The disturbing discovery was made by Brandy Hawk, Elizabeth’s sister-in-law. The aunt noticed that the boy had a severe rash, which the mother blamed on allergies. Brandy also claims that the child was barely able to crawl or move his hands.
Jerry Hawk, the boy’s father was separated from Elizabeth. Upon hearing the news, he intervened and took the child for a medical examination.
Doctors noticed that the 11-month-old was malnourished as a result of the raw vegan diet that his mother imposed. Specifically, he was only eating fruit and nuts. While those are healthy, they certainly aren’t enough to support a child’s growth.
They baby’s rashes were also left untreated and made the child vulnerable to septic shock, which can be fatal.
The boy is now in his father’s custody and properly cared for. Elizabeth and Jerry Hawk have two more children. All three of them are now living with the father.
Elizabeth Hawk is said to have been obsessed with nutrition and vegan diets, which she recommended to all of her acquaintances. Although the now estranged mother has been summoned to court, it is not known when she will make an appearance.
There a risk that the child’s mental development may be delayed as a result of the malnourishment, but his aunt says that his state is visibly improving.
Vegan diets have been the subject of praise and ridicule in the past years. A diet devoid of any animal products can, of course, have its advantages. But while adults make their own choices when it comes to what they eat, kids need nutrients that a vegan diet can’t supply as easily.
Most people already know that protein is found mainly in animal food products, and isn’t as easily found in fruits and vegetables. However, peas, spinach, broccoli, and sprouts are among the few that do contain protein and can offer plenty of energy. Corn gives the body protein and fiber, while mushrooms can also supply the vital biomolecule.
Children need a lot of protein, among many other things, for proper growth. While putting a child on a vegan diet is not impossible, given the proper knowledge and food quantities, feeding him or her just fruit and nuts will certainly not be enough.
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