A couple have been charged with the alleged neglect of their young daughter, who was found to be severely malnourished and underdeveloped.
The 20-month-old girl’s condition was only discovered when she was admitted to Sydney Children’s Hospital after suffering a seizure on March 10.
She was malnourished, suffering rickets, and her height and weight were markedly below what is expected of a child her age.
Police will allege in court the girl’s parents fed the child a strict diet which was severely deficient in nutrients for her to thrive.
A 31-year-old woman and 33-year-old man were arrested last Friday at a home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
The couple were charged with failing to provide for a child, causing damage or serious injury and reckless grievous bodily harm.
Both were granted strict conditional bail and will appear in Waverley Local Court today.