Court documents show the toddler’s mother told authorities her daughter would eat one cup of oats with rice milk and half a banana in the morning, and a piece of toast with jam or peanut butter for lunch.
For dinner, she said her daughter would be offered tofu, rice or potatoes. But she said the girl was a “fussy eater” so she might just have oats again.
This diet resulted in severe deficiencies in nutrients across the board for the infant, including a lack of calcium, phosphate, vitamin B12, vitamin A, iron and zinc.
Her levels of vitamin D — which can cause bone disease if found to be too low — were “undetectable”.
The girl’s condition was only brought to the attention of doctors in March last year, when doctors attended to the infant after she suffered a seizure.
The little girl and her two older brothers, aged six and four, are all now in care living in Queensland.