Cop: Dying Baby Looked Like Famine Victim

God Damned MURDERERS, freaking Vegan, WTF ever...You don't EVER feed a baby, the crap they were feeding that poor baby, If an adult wishes to be VEGAN fine , but to impose it on their children and Infant is criminal, children NEED good food, meat, veggies , Dairy, wheats...Unless there is some life threatening allergy to a food, all children DESERVE A PROPER Diet...I can Not believe the STUPIDITY of some people....They Killed that Baby, pure and simple...Poor baby, This makes me so Mad, Parents who willingly and with full knowledge Hurt/abuse/kill their children....MONSTERS real MONSTERS...I don't know what to say , so frustrated by this week...See story from yesterday....SAN Francisco Tragedy

By CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer
Wed Oct 19, 2:41 PM ET

MIAMI - A dying 6-month-old baby who had been on a raw food diet looked like a starving famine victim usually seen in a poverty-stricken foreign country, a police officer testified on Tuesday in the manslaughter and child neglect trial of the infant's parents.

Homestead Officer Robert B. Brown told a Miami-Dade County jury that he saw Woyah Andressohn lying on a blanket on the floor of an apartment after he responded to a frantic 911 call placed the night of May 14, 2003 by her parents, Joseph and Lamoy Andressohn.

The baby's arms and legs were rail-thin and her belly was distended, Brown said. Trash and clothes were littered around the apartment along with orange peels and other bits of food, he said.

The baby's condition, he said, "looked like something you might see in a National Geographic magazine, in an African country or a Third World country," Brown testified as the nine-person jury was shown enlarged pictures of Woyah.

Prosecutors say the Andressohns starved the baby to death by feeding her a diet of wheat grass, coconut water and almond milk. The couple is also charged with neglect in the treatment and feeding of their other four children, who have been living with a relative under state supervision.

"It happened because her parents, Joseph and Lamoy, were irresponsible parents," said prosecutor Herbert E. Walker III in opening arguments. "Baby Woyah could not say, 'I'm hungry. This wheat grass just isn't enough. Give me more.'"

Under questioning from the Andressohns' attorneys, Brown admitted that he did not attempt to administer aid to Woyah the night she died and instead waited for emergency medical personnel to arrive while preserving the apartment scene for Miami-Dade homicide detectives. Woyah was pronounced dead on May 15, 2003, at Homestead Hospital.

"You did nothing to help resuscitate the child, right?" asked defense lawyer Robert Barrar.

"I was following my department guidelines," Brown replied.

Barrar and his fellow defense lawyer, Ellis Rubin, contend that the Andressohns were targeted in a rush to judgment based on part on their alternative lifestyle, including their desire to feed themselves and their children only natural raw foods. They also say that Woyah suffered from a congenital condition — lack of a thymus gland needed to build an immune system — that led to her death.

"She suffered from several congenital ailments," Rubin said. "It didn't matter what the diet was."

Two of the Andressohns' other children are scheduled to testify in the case Wednesday about how their parents forced them to undergo enemas and sometimes whipped them if they ate the wrong foods. The children will appear in court via video hookup, with television networks agreeing to obscure their faces.

The Andressohns each face more than 17 years in prison if convicted on charges of aggravated manslaughter and child neglect. Their trial is expected to last about two weeks.


Curt Anderson has covered legal issues in Washington and Miami since 2002.

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