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Fayette County mom malnourished baby with vegan diet, police say



FARMINGTON, Pa. - A Fayette County woman has been charged with endangering her 11-month-old son by restricting him to a vegan diet of fruits and nuts.

State police say 30-year-old Elizabeth Hawk, of Farmington, became "obsessed" with the vegan diet, which prompted her estranged husband to contact Fayette County child welfare workers.

A police complaint says the baby developed a rash "so bad that the child was scratching his skin off." Hawk allegedly refused to use a cream to treat the rash, which she allegedly blamed on allergies.

“The doctor stated that during the examination that not treating the rash was ‘inhumane' due to the degree of the infant's discomfort and that the rash is putting the child at risk for septic shock,” the criminal complaint says.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Hawk and she doesn't have a listed phone. She's been mailed a summons for the child endangerment charge and faces a preliminary hearing Nov. 14.

Police say doctors determined in August that the baby is developmentally disabled and can't crawl because he's malnourished.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.