A couple was sentenced to life in jail for forcing their child to be vegan. The couple, Jade Sanders, 27, and Lamont Thomas, 31 were convicted of murdering their six-week-old son. The child’s diet mainly consisted of apple juice and soymilk. The child died at 3 ½ pounds.
The child, Crown Shakur was born in their bath and was never taken to the hospital. When he was finally taken to the hospital he had already passed away, says the Sunday Times. The doctors said they could count all his bones through his skin.
Vegans are a strict type of vegetarian that only eat or drink products that don’t come from animals. This is a very restrictive type of diet that cuts out different food groups. In The Sunday Times, the couple claims that they were trying to do what was best for their son while maintaining their vegan lifestyle.
Chuck Boring, a prosecutor, told the jury that, “The vegan diet is fine, his parents lied about what they fed him. He just was not fed enough.” Boring then said, “They’re not vegans. They’re baby-killers. Think about how long they had to listen to his screams and hollers.”
The couple’s lawyer, Brandon Lewis, believes that they didn’t mean to kill their son. That the apple juice worked as a diuretic creating an obstacle for the absorption of nutrients that were suppose to be gained through the soymilk. Sanders and Thomas never took their child to the hospital because they thought there were too many germs.