- April 25,
Find A Grave Memorial
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.
Thomas and Jade Sanders were both Vegan and wanted to stick to their
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
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.
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
who did it on purpose. The prosecutors also said that Crown's parents
to take him to the doctor even though it was obvious that is body was
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
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
that he died due to complications from malnourishment. It was said that
the cupboards in their kitchen were empty. Prosecutors insisted that
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
on charges of malice murder, felony murder, involuntary manslaughter
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.
occurred in the state of Georgia
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