Modern Folk Tale

Cravings for Healthy Food End Sadly for Local Couple 

Salad is great for pregnant moms, but it may cause you to lose your first born.  

It was a shocking discovery that a healthy, nutritious food could cost her their baby. Yet that was the ruling in the case of Avarcia v. Voglia. The plaintiff’s lawyer announced the decision yesterday at a press conference outside of the court.  

The problem started nearly one year ago when Cynthia Voglia, 34, began having cravings for leafy greens during her pregnancy. She and her husband had struggled with infertility for years. After multiple rounds of IVF, she was finally able to conceive. Once she was safely into the second trimester, Cynthia and her husband Phil, 42, started to make plans for welcoming a baby into their family. When the neighbor’s kale started to seem irresistible to her, she just chalked it up to normal pregnancy cravings.  

“I could see it growing up over the fence in our backyard and I just couldn’t get it out of my mind,” explained Cynthia. “Sure, it sounds crazy. But, at the time, I just had to have a big salad.” 

Mr. Voglia and his neighbor had never had a great rapport. He was unsure of how to approach the topic with Ms. Avarcia. To make his wife more comfortable as the due date neared, Phil picked some of their neighbor’s kale and brought it to her regularly. 

“My goal was never to steal; I just wanted to be a good husband,” explained Phil. “If your pregnant wife wants ice cream, you have to go out and get it at any hour, you know? So, if she wants fresh kale, I had to do whatever was necessary.” 

Ms. Avarcia quickly filed a lawsuit against her neighbors. In court, her lawyer played footage from the security camera of her home, clearly showing the crime in act. The defense attorney representing the Voglia family was quick to point out that the stolen greens had very little monetary value, if any.  

Nonetheless, the harsh ruling was delivered Monday afternoon. In exchange for the stolen property which - because it has already been digested, cannot be returned – the couple must relinquish custody of the child. Ms. Avarcia had originally sued for punitive damages, but agreed to settle for the newborn, which is reportedly female.  

“I think it’s a fair ruling,” said Mr. Imbroglione, the lawyer representing Ms. Avarcia. “My client is satisfied with the outcome.” 

When asked by reporters what she planned to do with the baby, Ms. Avarcia declined to comment. Sources close to the reserved entrepreneur provided information off the record. They claim that she would likely utilize the child to further her business which produces human hair wigs. 

The Voglia family requests privacy at this time.  


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