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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.

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