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Posted: Monday, October 10, 2005 6:24 am | Updated: 9:53 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A Scottsdale couple accused of starving their children were investigated by police on child abuse allegations in 2001 after the death of their 4-year-old daughter.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute Blair and Kimu Parker, both 35, in the death because there was "no reasonable likelihood of conviction," a police report states.

The report reveals similarities between the 2001 case and the couple’s recent indictment on three counts of child abuse.

In both cases, the Parkers didn’t immediately summon medical help for sick children whose conditions were deteriorating before their eyes.

The Parkers obtained medical attention in time for their 3-year-old daughter on April 23 after she stopped eating and was having seizures and cold sweats.

The child was taken to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where she weighed 12 pounds.

Her brother and sister, ages 11 and 9 respectively, were also found to be mal- nourished, according to court documents.

The Parkers are vegans — strict vegetarians who eat no animal products — and their children follow the same diet, public records state.

Aaliyah Parker, also known as Lilly, was 3 when she was sick and began

having seizures on Sept. 23, 2001.

Blair Parker, who told a detective he once aspired to be a naturopathic physician, gave her valerian root to relax her during the seizures, according to a transcript of the interview.

Naturopathy is a system of treatment that avoids drugs and surgery and emphasizes natural agents.

Kimu Parker noticed her daughter wasn’t breathing, so Blair Parker went around the apartment shutting off appliances and anything that made noise so he could listen for breathing.

That is when they called 911.

Blair Parker told the detective he had nothing against medical doctors, but he won’t see one unless "it’s going to be something life-threatening."

The Maricopa County medical examiner’s autopsy found the cause of death to be aseptic meningitis and the manner of the death to be natural.

Scottsdale police submitted their report to the county attorney on Jan. 31, 2002.

On Aug. 26, 2003, deputy county attorney Shawn Steinberg wrote in a memo that a doctor needed to be consulted to determine if the child would have lived had she been treated promptly with medicine.

The county attorney declined prosecution on Feb. 5, 2004, after a panel of seasoned prosecutors reviewed the case.

Bill FitzGerald, county attorney spokesman, said the death case has not been reopened for investigation, but prosecutors haven’t ruled out reopening it either.

The Parker children are in the care of Child Protective Services, said CPS spokeswoman Liz Barker.

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