Joseph and Lamoy Andressohn’s aggravated manslaughter trial opened Oct. 18, 2005, in Miami-Dade Circuit Court. They were accused of starving their 6-month-old daughter to death with a vegan diet after an autopsy concluded the 7-pound, 22-inch infant died from “accidental malnutrition.” The couple and their children practiced a “living-foods lifestyle,” a diet consisting of raw vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.
On the morning of July 1, Beth Williams, 26, brought her 3-year-old daughter to a Joplin, Mo., emergency room. Police say the girl was barely breathing and weighed only 12 pounds — less than half the normal weight for a child that age. According to a probable cause affidavit, the girl had a “blood sugar level of zero,” and a body temperature that was “too low to register.”