American Samizdat

Thursday, May 03, 2007. *
A Superior Court jury in Atlanta convicted a vegan couple of murder and cruelty to children Wednesday in the death of their six-week old, who was fed a diet largely consisting of soy milk and apple juice. 27-year-old Jade Sanders and 31-year-old and Lamont Thomas will receive automatic life sentences for starving the boy, who weighed just 3.5 pounds when he died.

Defense lawyers said the first-time parents did the best they could while adhering to the lifestyle of vegans, who typically use no animal products. They said Sanders and Thomas did not realize the baby, who was born at home, was in danger until minutes before he died.

[Article continues at link. I think the money spent keeping this young couple in prison forever would be better spent in improving the parenting and nutrition classes in public education. Access to simple facts like 'humans need vitamin B12 and B12 has no plant or mineral source' won't prevent people from starving their children, but at least they won't be able to say they didn't know any better.]
posted by Trevor Blake at 12:37 PM
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