A baby in Belgium has died after claims his parents had fed him a gluten-free diet.
The parents, from Beveren in Belgium, are now facing jail after their son Lucas died from allegedly being fed a gluten-free and lactose-free diet.
Belgian media has reported claims that the parents, who ran a natural food shop, fed Lucas an alternative diet, including things such as quinoa milk.
When Lucas passed away on 6 June 2014 at 7-months-old, he weighed just 9.47lbs – less than half the expected weight for his age.
The case is now being heard in court, where the public prosecutor said:
‘The parents determined their own diagnosis that their child was gluten intolerant and had a lactose allergy.
‘Not a single doctor had a dossier about Lucas and child protection services did not know about them.’
The court heard that Lucas was taken to hospital after days of gasping for air.
An autopsy later revealed that the baby was dehydrated and his stomach was completely empty.
It’s claimed that the parents contributed to their son’s death through undernourishment.
Prosecutors have blamed the parents for driving to the other side of the country to take Lucas to a homeopathic doctor when he was starving, instead of travelling to the nearest hospital.
‘We never wished for the death of our son’
Peter S, Lucas’ dad, said:
‘We never went with Lucas to a doctor because we never noticed anything unusual.’
Sandrina V, Lucas’ mum, commented:
‘Sometimes he gained a little weight, sometimes he lost a little. We never wished for the death of our son.’
The couple’s lawyer, Karine Van Meirvenne, said:
‘Lucas had an eating disorder. He got cramps when he was fed with a bottle and his parents tried out alternatives.
‘Oat milk, rice milk, buckwheat milk, semolina milk, quinoa milk. All products which they also sell in their store.’