Crown Shakur
March 2004 - April 25, 2004
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At the age of six weeks, Crown Shakur died at the hands of parents who thought they were doing all they could do for him. Lamont Thomas and Jade Sanders were both Vegan and wanted to stick to their Vegan way of life, even when it came to their new born son.

Crown was fed mainly soy milk and apple juice, which just wasn't enough to sustain his little body. Vegans do not consume any animal products at all. Crown's parents insist they were doing the best they could for him, he was their first and only child. Upon his death, he weighed only 3.5 pounds.

Defense attorneys said that Thomas and Jade had no idea that Crown was in trouble until a few minutes before he died. Prosecutors say that Crown suffered a long, painful death. They said that the death did not come to be due to what he was fed, however, he died due to not being fed enough and that his nutritional needs were ignored by his parents who did it on purpose. The prosecutors also said that Crown's parents refused to take him to the doctor even though it was obvious that is body was wasting away.

Crown's parents were arrested and at trial his father denied that they had deliberately allowed their son to starve to death:

"We're vegetarians; we are against animal cruelty, so why would I be cruel to my son? Why 
would I do something with his body? We are against animals being murdered; why would 
we be cruel to him and try to do something to his body"

Prosecutors said that the the new parents had starved their baby on the diet they provided for him by giving him such small amounts that he died due to complications from malnourishment. It was said that the cupboards in their kitchen were empty. Prosecutors insisted that Crown was starved on purpose.

Thomas told the judge it wasn't true, he denied that he and his wife were the cause of their sons death:

"The fact that we named him Crown, we were proud of him. We weren't trying to kill my son"

Thomas and Jade were both charged and found guilty on charges of malice murder, felony murder, involuntary manslaughter and cruelty to children. Thomas was very critical of the prosecution after the trial ended. Jurors took about seven hours to convict the couple.

Both parents were sentenced to life in prison. Their attorney said he was going to appeal the sentences. In September of 2011, the Georgia Supreme Court upheld the murder convictions and the life sentences for Jade Sanders and Lamont Thomas, the opinion of the court was a unanimous one.

Death occurred in the state of Georgia

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