Vegan Couple Starved Toddler, Cops Say

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From Fox News

Tuesday, April 30, 2002
By Jessie Graham



   

NEW YORK — A vegan couple in New York City were busted for starving their baby daughter — by denying her breast milk and formula, feeding her only nuts, fruits and vegetables, and allegedly failing to get her medical help for severe malnutrition.


Joseph and Silva Swinton, both 31, were arrested Friday and charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child for failing to properly feed and care for their baby, Ice.

The Swintons, who are being held in lieu of $20,000 bail, face up to seven years in prison if convicted.

Sixteen-month-old Ice Swinton weighed only 10 pounds, looked like a 2- or 3-month-old and was half the normal weight of a child her age when authorities discovered her close to death last November.

EMS workers rushed Ice to from her Queens home to Long Island Jewish Hospital, where doctors diagnosed her with developmental problems, a distended abdomen, fractured bones, a vitamin deficiency called rickets and a lung disorder — all caused by malnutrition, authorities said.

The Swintons, who say they approach veganism as a religion, fed the child a diet of "ground nuts, fresh-squeezed fruit juices, herbal tea, beans, cod liver oil and flax seed oil," a complaint said.

Even when doctors told the couple their baby was on the brink of death in November, both parents insisted "there was nothing wrong" and were resistant to treatment, the complaint said.

After a four-month hospital stay, the New York City Administration for Children's Services placed the baby in a foster home.

Several months on a healthy diet have helped the 20-month-old to achieve the functions of a 10- to 12-month-old baby, but the child is still struggling, authorities said.

Warren Silverman, a lawyer representing the mother, questioned why there was such a long delay to file charges.

"If Long Island Jewish Hospital at that time thought that something was amiss, why wasn't something done right away?" he asked.

The Swintons have been allowed supervised visits with their daughter — but ACS has asked that a judge order them stopped after the father said he thought the child was getting "chubby," sources said.

Neighbor Toyin Savage said she was "shocked."

Another neighbor said she saw the baby recently.

"I asked how old she was and they said, 'Almost a year.' She looked very small. They said she was a vegetarian — I didn't think about it at the time."
 

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these people are nuts.. hopfully this will be the end of their gene's being passed on.
 

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It is really sad when people care more about their "religion" than they do about the health and welfare of their own flesh and blood.  Even animals taken better care of their babies
 

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vegetarian:  old indian word for bad hunter  (saw this on a t-shirt somewhere)

i have nothing else to say on this matter except "WHA-DA-????"
 

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Nature gave mothers mammery glands, did these morons think there's were just for looks?
 

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Couldn't have said it better my self, Modocer!  Too bad they forget what mothers are supposed to do.
 

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I have worked with a vegetarian one time that had Vegan friends and most looked borderline malnourished. If this mother could produce mike it most likely would have been so low quality it would not have helped in the first place.  I one thing that gets me is way did this couple feed the baby soy mike or soy formula after all it’s not like it’s hard to come by hell I saw it the store just yesterday.WBH
 

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Also, these vegans pass gass like crazy. A normal person can't stand their stinch.
 

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I read in the paper today that these SOB's are having another baby and will starve it  in the same manner.
 

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they won't starve anymore kids if they LOCK THEM UP LIKE THE ANIMALS THEY ARE
 

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Ok, I'm no country boy, but maybe this is yet another sign that city living really messes up your mind about how nature works. Here's my theory.

My guess is that these "vegans" have no sense of going out to nature to hunt and fish, let alone gather a few wild berries. I'd also guess that they think boobs are only designed to fill wonder-bras. As modocer said, "Nature gave mothers mammary glands."

The vegan movement really took off in the packed metropolitan cities of this world, where an understanding of nature is at best abstracted in canned form. Food comes in cans or packages, and is processed at a plant where it is grown and stored in shelves, bins, cages, or pens much in the same way that city dwellers are shoved into apartments. Do vegans see a caged chicken when they look in the mirror?

A philosophy hell-bent on vicariously freeing oneself from their cages, combined with the insurmountable challenge of eating nutriously alongside a minimized exposure to wildlife -- leads to a malnourished brain that overrides the instinct to feed one's young with said "mammary glands".


(Edited by shaginator at 2:44 pm on May 7, 2002)
 

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