Confessions of a Quackbuster

This blog deals with healthcare consumer protection, and is therefore about quackery, healthfraud, chiropractic, and other forms of so-Called "Alternative" Medicine (sCAM).

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Couple free on bond following split verdict in child neglect case

Couple free on bond following split verdict in child neglect case

By Emanuella Grinberg
Court TV

Joseph and Lamoy Andressohn, a vegan couple convicted this week of child neglect, are free to walk the streets until their sentencing in December, a judge has ruled.

Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Stanford Blake ordered the Andressohns free on $75,000 bond Thursday. They had been under house arrest pending their conviction Monday on four counts of child neglect for malnourishing four children, ages 4 to 9.

A six-person jury also acquitted the couple of the more serious charge of aggravated manslaughter Monday for the death of their 6-month-old daughter, Woyah, who prosecutors said was starved to death with a raw-foods diet.

Attorneys representing Joseph, 36, and Lamoy, 30, also asked Blake to dissolve a contact order, which barred the couple from seeing their children, who were taken from them in 2003 and placed in the care of Joseph Andressohn's sister, who testified against them.

The couple caught their first glimpse in more than two years of their two oldest sons when the boys testified against them via closed-circuit camera.

While under house arrest, the Andressohns gave birth to another girl, Joyah, in June 2005. The child was subsequently removed from their care, but they were allowed visitation rights.

Prosecutors presented five days of evidence to bolster their theory that the Andressohns fed their children an insufficient diet of uncooked fruits, vegetables and liquid concoctions of wheatgrass, almond and coconut juice, in spite of signs that the children were severely underweight.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 15, when the judge will also rule on the contact order.

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