A Pennsylvania mother was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after her 11-month-old son was allegedly found malnourished and being fed only nuts and fruit.
According to CBS Pittsburgh, 33-year-old Elizabeth Hawk is a strict vegan who sometimes imposed her diet routine on her family.
“She was going to live on sunlight and water,” Brandy Hawk, Elizabeth’s sister-in-law, told the news outlet.
Brandy noticed that Elizabeth’s son, whose name has not been disclosed, had a severe rash and development delays, which she said his mother brushed off as “allergies.”
Brandy along with her brother, Jerry Hawk, Elizabeth’s estranged husband, didn’t buy her excuses.
“I gotta save my kids,” Brandy recalled her brother saying.
Jerry took his son to Child Youth Services for an examination, who then rushed the infant to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia. The boy was found to have developmental delays to the point of being diagnosed with “failure to thrive.” He was also found to be suffering physically from his fruit-and-nut only diet, CBS Pittsburgh reports.
Elizabeth’s son and two other children are currently in the custody of their father.
As to how the infant is doing, Brandy told CBS Pittsburgh, “He’s doing great. He’s completely turned around.”
Elizabeth is not currently in police custody, and there is no word as to when she will appear in court.