A New York woman whose baby boy may have died of malnutrition claims she kept him on a ‘Biblical’ vegan diet because she didn’t want to ‘carry a fat-a** child, a report said on Wednesday.
Carla Garriques, 28, allegedly told the New York Post that the newborn was vegan ‘at the end of the day.’
Kameri Garriques was just seven months old when he died on October 30, the NYPD told the outlet. He was found unconscious by cops responding to a 911 call and was pronounced dead.
An NYPD spokesperson told Pix11 on Wednesday that the child’s mother had made the 911 call.
The New York Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled his death a homicide – and sources told the New York Post that the young mom is ‘a person of interest.’
Carla Garriques, 28, allegedly told the New York Post that the newborn was vegan ‘at the end of the day’
Carla Garriques, 28, is pictured with her daughter Sole Simplice – who has since been removed from the home
Nobody has yet been charged for the little boy’s death, the outlet reported.
Police sources told the New York Daily News that Garriques ‘has a history of drug abuse.’ She had reportedly put Kameri to sleep before realizing he was unconscious.
Garriques held a copy of the Bible while she was interviewed by the New York Post at her home in the St. Albans neighborhood of Queens.
‘Vegan means that everything that’s in this Bible,’ she said as she slapped the Good Book with her hands while explaining why little Kameri was on the diet.
‘I’m very wise. I’m very smart and I read my Bible.’
Garriques’ own mother, 65-year-old Corane Garriques, was present during the interview and tried interjecting a number of times to help her daughter.
‘I have to be honest with you, he was small,’ Corane acknowledged to the New York Post.
The younger Garriques then said: ‘At the end of the day, he was vegan.’
‘I’m a small person. I’m 100 pounds. I’m not a fat-a** woman where I’m going to carry a fat-a** child,’ she added.
Garriques also reportedly claimed that her son was vegan because he kept developing thrush while on formulas – and that she never had him vaccinated against childhood diseases.
Thrush is a fungal infection that grows in the mouth, throat and other parts of the human body of which infants and toddlers are particularly at risk of developing, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
‘[Kameri] was fed vegan because all the formulas — I tried six different formulas, he was catching thrush every time,’ she said.
She added: ‘He was not fed with bulls**t. He was not fed with formula where it has chemicals in it.’
Corane said that Kameri was fed ‘fruits and vegetables crushed with boiled potatoes.’
Garriques’ daughter is pictured in an undated photo. She has since been removed from the home
Garriques said that her son had been cremated after his death and that two-year-old daughter had been removed from the home by authorities.
She has her two other children who live with their father, the New York Daily News reported.
‘It was fifteen cops against me…They took my daughter in November, they took her a week after,’ Garriques told the New York Post.
‘I tried to get away and they took my daughter because they felt like my daughter was at risk because of the fact that my son died.’
She added: ‘Why are they trying to figure out what God does?
While discussing her religious beliefs, Garriques ‘spoke in a disjointed fashion’ prompting her mother to quietly defend her, according to the New York Post.
‘She is going through something,’ her mom said.
Garriques and her mother live in a two-family home that is for sale and she was later seen carrying a suitcase from the home.
Garriques’ home on Liberty Avenue in Queens, New York City
Authorities tracked her down to this Travelodge by Wyndham off Route 46 in South Hackensack, NJ
‘Our top priority is protecting the safety and wellbeing of all children in New York City,’ a representative for the Administration for Children’s Services told the outlet.
‘We are investigating this case with the NYPD and we have taken action to secure the safety of the other child in this home.’
An ACS caseworker had gone to the home the day after Kameri died to take custody of Garriques’ daughter, Sole Simplice, but they were not there, the New York Daily News reported at the time.
Four days later, officials tracked her down to a hotel in South Hackensack, New Jersey and found Sole in good health.
Hackensack police sources told the Daily Voice that they found her at the Travelodge by Wyndham off Route 46 after her cell phone was pinged there.
Garriques’ neighbors told the outlet at the time that they saw cops banging on the family’s home trying to find her.
‘Police have been here and knock on my door but I don’t know what I can tell them,’ a neighbor reportedly said.
Another told the outlet: ‘We see the little girl playing in the yard sometimes.’