Broward County news briefs
February 18, 2005
Report disputes claims by parents of dead infant
Andressohn, the 5-month-old girl who authorities said died of malnutrition in
2003 due to her parents' strict diet of raw foods, did not have the genetic
birth defect her parents' lawyer claims she died of, according to a medical
report made public Thursday by prosecutors.
The Miami-Dade State
Attorney's Office ordered a test on the tissues from the girl's spleen to
determine if she died of the rare disorder DiGeorge Syndrome.
University of Miami pathologist who performed the test earlier this month found
cells in the spleen that ruled out the disorder, said lead prosecutor Herbert E.
That supports the prosecution theory that the child died of
severe malnutrition, he said.
The girl's parents, Joseph and Lamoy
Andressohn, of Homestead, are charged with aggravated manslaughter of a
Woyah weighed 6.99 pounds when she died May 15, 2003, about six
pounds less than she should have at six months, an autopsy concluded.
parents' attorney, Ellis Rubin, said last month that the doctor who performed
the autopsy underplayed the child's lack of a thymus gland.
That is a
telltale symptom for DiGeorge Syndrome, he said.
My friend in Florida sent me this.
On Thursday, Rubin said he plans to enlist his own medical experts to
refute the report.
He also said he would seek to have the Andressohns