Sydney Parents Plead Not Guilty Over Malnourished Child
A mother and father from Sydney's East have pleaded not guilty to charges of child neglect, after their toddler was found malnourished.
Police say the parents fed the girl a strict diet deprived of the nutrients she needed to thrive.
The 20 month old was taken to Sydney Children's Hospital on March 10 after suffering a seizure.
Police were told she was malnourished, suffered rickets - a preventable bone disease - and her height and weight were markedly low for her age.
The 31-year-old mother clutched her 33-year-old partner's arm as their lawyers said they were pleading not guilty at Waverley Local Court on Wednesday.
The parents have been charged with failing to provide for a child causing danger of serious injury and reckless grievous bodily harm.