A Sydney jury has been told that a certain Homeopath and his wife, neglecting the welfare of their baby daughter's health, were more concerned to meet their social obligations on a visit to India.
Prosecuting lawyer Mark Tedeschi told the NSW Supreme Court that Thomas Sam, 42, and his wife, Manju Sam, 36, were responsible for the manslaughter of their nine-month-old daughter, Gloria Thomas, in Sydney in May 2002.
Though both have pleaded not guilty to the charge, they are accused of failing to get conventional medical help for their daughter, who was born in July 2001 and suffered severe eczema in the last five months of her life, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Tedeschi said that in February 2002, Manju Sam took Gloria to a Sydney paediatrician, who prescribed medication. When told she was going to India with the baby to see her family, the specialist became very upset, saying "it was cruel to do that to Gloria,'' Tedeschi said.
He alleged Manju Sam had travelled to India partly for citizenship reasons and partly because she was not coping with Gloria and wanted help from her family.
He said Manju Sam arrived in India on February 23, and her husband joined her in April, when his brother was getting married.
"The crown case is that you will conclude that the two parents were almost totally fixated on their social obligations, visiting people and travelling around, to the exclusion of any concern about Gloria's deteriorating state of health,'' Tedeschi told the court.