Vegan Mother Charged With Child Endangerment For Feeding 11-Month-Old Only Fruit And Nuts

A Pennsylvania vegan mother whose family said her diet had become a dangerous obsession has been charged with child endangerment after her estranged husband reported her to the Children & Youth Services agency for feeding their 11-month-old child a sparse diet of fruit and nuts. According to the Washington Post, a doctor assessing the baby indicated that the child was suffering from malnourishment and had developed a skin condition which could have led to septic shock.

Elizabeth Hawk, 33, had turned her identity as a vegan into a source of pride, and she wanted her baby to live the same lifestyle, according to family members. Her sister-in-law, Brandy Hawk, said that Elizabeth was “obsessed.”

“She was going to live on water and sunlight.”

According to CBS Pittsburgh, Elizabeth brushed off Brandy’s concerns with the child’s health.

“He had a severe rash. It was his motor skills; he couldn’t use his hands at all.”

Elizabeth allegedly blamed the rash on “allergies.”

While absolutely possible to raise kids on a vegan diet, children require a wide variety of nutrition, and plenty of food to thrive.
CHICAGO - MARCH 20: Students at Nettelhorst Elementary School, on lunch, dig into a salad bar in the school's lunchroom March 20, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) stopped by the school to visit the new lunch program called, "Cool Foods," as part of the Healthy Schools Campaign. Nettelhorst is one of three Chicago public schools participating in the new lunch program offering salad bars. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Estranged husband Jerry Hawk wasn’t convinced either, and after removing the baby from his wife’s care, he went to a Children & Youth Services agency in nearby Fayette County. From there, the child was promptly rushed to a West Virginia hospital, where doctors deemed the child to be suffering from malnourishment. According to The Inquirer, the baby has since recovered and is being raised by the father. Brandy said that the baby was “doing great” and had “completely turned around.”