Latest News

Vegan parents starve 5-month-old by switching out doctor’s formula, Florida police say

Parents Julia French and Robert Buskey were arrested for child neglect after police say the couple’s baby was starving after the vegan couple in Titusville, Florida, switched up his doctor-recommended formula.
Parents Julia French and Robert Buskey were arrested for child neglect after police say the couple’s baby was starving after the vegan couple in Titusville, Florida, switched up his doctor-recommended formula. Brevard County Sheriff's Office

Lauren Watson, a detective with the Titusville Police Department, said she encountered a jarring case of child abuse this week.

“I’ve never seen a child to this level,” Waton told WFTV9, “this close to possible death.”

Police say they arrested 31-year-old Robert Buskey and 20-year-old Julia French on Wednesday after discovering their 5-month-old son was starving to death, according to WESH2.

The Florida vegan couple had switched their baby off a doctor-recommended formula that was “consistent with their vegan lifestyle,” police told WESH2. Instead, police say the couple fed the baby a formula made from potatoes but couldn’t explain why. 

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that more than 700,000 children are referred to child protective agencies as a result of abuse or neglect in the U.S. each year. According to Purva Grover, M.D., a pediatric eme

The baby boy, born seven pounds and nine ounces, gained less than a pound in his 5-month life, police told WFTV9.

Police say the baby had visible bones and sunken eyes, according to WESH2.

French and Buskey face a felony charge of child neglect, according to inmate records. 

After receiving fluids on Wednesday, the child is already a half-pound heavier, police told WFTV9. He is under the care of the Department of Children and Families.

Real-Time reporter Josh Magness covers breaking national news and trending news to keep readers of McClatchy’s newspapers up to date with the latest high-profile stories. He previously interned at McClatchy’s bureau in Washington, D.C, while covering the U.S. Congress.


  Comments