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5-month-old baby dies after parents put him on egg and milk diet

By Mason White 3:22 PM January 28, 2014
Nkosiyapha and Virginia Kunene 

By: Debbi Gross
A couple is facing manslaughter charges after placing their baby on a vegetarian diet.

Nkosiyapha Kunene, 46, and his wife Virginia Kunene, 32, could face jail time for the death of their son, Ndingeko.

The couple belongs to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in England, whose members eat milk and eggs, but not animal flesh.

This diet is known as the lacto-ovo diet.

The child is said to have died from Rickets, which is a disorder caused by a lack of vitamin D, calcium, or phosphate.

It leads to the softening and weakening of the bones.

The Kunenes, who live in Erith, Southeast London, were both born in Zimbabwe. Virginia Kunene is already a British citizen.