Couple plead not guilty to child neglect charges

A MOTHER and father accused of feeding their 20-month-old daughter a strict diet, leaving her severely malnourished, have pleaded not guilty to child neglect charges.

Detectives from the NSW Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad were notified of the case last month after the little girl suffered a seizure and was admitted to Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Police were told the child was malnourished, suffered rickets – a preventable bone disease – and her height and weight were markedly low for her age.


It’s alleged the toddler’s dire condition was the direct result of being fed a strict diet by her parents, a diet which police say was “severely deficient in nutrients”.

Following an extensive investigation, detectives arrested the child’s 31-year-old mother and 33-year-old father at their home in Sydney’s east last Friday.

The pair was taken to Waverley Police Station where they were each charged with failing to provide for a child causing danger of serious injury and reckless grievous bodily harm.

The couple was granted strict conditional bail and appeared in Waverley Local Court today where they both pleaded not guilty to the charges.

An apprehended violence order has been filed on behalf of the 20-month-old against her parents, Channel Seven reported.

The couple is due to reappear in the same court again on May 30.