27-year-old Jade Sanders and 31-year-old Lamont Thomas were found guilty on the 2nd of May, 2007 of the murder of their infant son.
Their 6-week-old baby, named “Crown Shakur,” died after being fed a vegan diet consisting mostly of apple juice and soy milk. Jade Sanders gave birth to Crown at home, using a water-filled bathtub. Jade Sanders and Lamont Thomas claim that the baby was not taken to the hospital because they believed hospitals were full of germs. During their child’s short life, he didn’t see a doctor until he was dead.
Their claims of feeding the baby an alternative diet might have been slightly more believable had there been more than one bottle in the house.
Crown Shakur weighed only three and a half pounds when he died. He was probably in pain throughout his entire life, as starvation is a long, hard way to die.
According to prosecutors:
The first time he ever saw a doctor was when he was brought dead on arrival to Piedmont Hospital in a state that was clearly beyond malnourishment, but starvation.
Jurors found both parents guilty of malice murder, felony murder, involuntary manslaughter and cruelty to children.
It took about seven hours for the jury to bring back the guilty verdicts..
According to Lamont Thomas, who was very upset that they’d been found guilty:
We didn’t starve my son to death. We didn’t starve my son for weeks and weeks and weeks. You know we’ve been vegetarians. We’re against animal cruelty. So why would I be cruel to my son? We’re against animals being burdened. Why would be cruel and burden him and try to drive around and do something with his body? We’re going to jail for no reason.
Prosecutor Chuck Boring responded:
No matter how many times they want to say, ‘We’re vegans, we’re vegetarians,’ that’s not the issue in this case. The child died because he was not fed. Period.
The couple received an automatic life sentence, during which they will be fed.