A man from Limoges, France, was sentenced to three months in prison for mistreating his children: children are unable to distinguish meat from vegetables and have been mainly fed with Coca Cola. One has lost seven teeth, the other has become mute.

A man from Limoges, France, was arrested on charges of feeding his two children, aged three and four, almost exclusively by giving them Coca Cola. The man – addicted to alcoholism – was sentenced to three months in prison.

The conditions of the two children for a long time appeared decidedly precarious: the older of the two in fact has lost seven teeth, corroded by excess sugar, while the latter has actually become mute. Both need medical care and psychological help. Responsible for their condition was his father, sentenced to three months' imprisonment by the Limoges criminal court for failing to meet parental obligations between 2016 and 2018. At the October 19th hearing, the man was described as violent towards the children and the mother.

The lawyer of the man in front of the judges stressed that "the context, stained with alcoholism, is very particular: the father is unable to read, write or count, does not realize the situation and spends all the subsidy in alcohol. On some days the family had no food, nothing else available than Coca Cola". Deputy Prosecutor Bruno Robinet said that "social services have met with a refusal (in reference to man). There was nothing in the apartment, not even the refrigerator. The children slept on a mattress without covers and had no toys. The father fed them with sweets and Coca, they were completely abandoned to themselves".

Following the reporting of social services to the public prosecutor's office, the children were taken to foster families. "They had to explain what vegetables and meat were to the oldest one"; the smallest, fostered by another family, "does not say a word", reports the lawyer. It will be up to a series of evaluations to quantify the damage and find out what consequences they will have on the psychological level in these first years of their life.