Feb. 8, 2005
Couple Accused Of Starving Baby To Death Barred From Seeing Children
Prosecutor Calls Decision 'Accurate, Rational And Reasonable'
A South Florida couple
accused of starving their infant daughter to death have been denied contact
with their surviving children.The prosecutor in the case called the judge's
decision to deny Joseph and Lamoy Andressohn's motion to have contact with their
four children "accurate, rational and reasonable."
The couple is awaiting trial on charges of aggravated manslaughter after their 5-month-old daughter died in May 2003.
The Andressohns are accused of starving the girl, who weighed 7 pounds when she died, by feeding her a diet of only raw foods.
Prosecutors said the judge's decision is in the best interest of the Andressohns' other four children.
The couple's lawyer, Ellis Rubin, disagreed.
"I thought that was unreasonable, but she's the judge, and I'm just a lawyer," Rubin said.
The four children have been separated from their parents for two years now.
Authorities said they believe a reunion would be traumatic for the kids, not to mention the possibility that the children might be called as witnesses in the trial, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said the no contact order is the most appropriate for legal reasons as well as the emotional well-being of the children.
"It may well be, that if things do not go well at trial for them ... they very well may go to prison," the prosecutor, Herbert E. Walker, said.
Lamoy Andressohn is currently six months pregnant. Her attorney said she is under strict pre-natal care to make sure there are no issues with the Department of Children and Families in regard to the care of the new child.
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