Andressohns Case_ UPdate
Broward County news briefs
February 18, 2005
Report disputes claims by parents of dead infant
Woyah 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.
The 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. Walker III.
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 child.
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.
The 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.KathleenOn 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 tried separately