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The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the murder convictions and life prison sentences given to an Atlanta vegan couple who were charged with allowing their baby to starve to death. Prosecutors said Jade Sanders and Lamont Thomas, who lived a vegan lifestyle and ate no animal products, were living in the city's Buckhead neighborhood when Jade gave birth to their son, Crown Shakur. In April 2004, authorities said Crown died at 6 weeks old, emaciated and weighing less than four pounds. Authorities said the child died of bronchopneumonia due to extreme malnourishment or starvation. Police said his diet consisted only of soy milk and apple juice.
Originally posted by Openeye
reply to post by TsukiLunar
Yes but the mother should have been breastfeeding her child.
This was very very irresponsible, while I don't know if murder is the proper conviction (I would have thought manslaughter a more proper charge, but I dont know the details of the case). Always listen to people in child care, my mother has been a midwife for years and she would never recommend a vegan diet for a child.
Women produce milk for a reasonedit on 12-9-2011 by Openeye because: (no reason given)
only of soy milk and apple juice
Originally posted by metaldemon2000
The lack of nourishment and vitamins are the already a big drawback on the vegan lifestyle. These people themselves are playing roulette with their lives as it is. Body fat that is way under the levels of a normally healthy person as it is these aren't prime conditions in which to carry a child. The phrase "eating for two" has alot of truth to it. How can a vegan hope to have a normal healthy baby when one is barely keeping a pulse to begin with. Vegans have tons of adverse health effects from their diet as It is. These pregnancies often produce underweight babies with compromised immune systems.
This in my opinionwas the largest contributing factor in the child's death.
Police found a soy milk carton, an apple juice bottle and a filthy baby bottle in the couple's apartment. At the 2007 trial, prosecutors said the soy milk cartons in the couple's apartment clearly stated on the packaging that it was not to be used as a substitute for baby formula. They also told the court the couple had neglected their child on purpose, refusing to seek medical help despite their son weighing the same as a foetus seven months into a normal pregnancy. They were convicted of malice murder, felony murder, involuntary manslaughter and cruelty to children.