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After reading more about this case, it has less to do with them being Vegan and a whole hell of a lot to do with them being bad parents. If the baby was being fed sufficiently, then he wouldn’t have died weighing only 3 pounds. Although apple juice and soy milk is not a normal baby food, you would still think that if their son was wasting away, they would take him to the doctor and figure out the issue.
The Full story from Dailymail -
A Vegan couple who only fed their newborn son soy milk and apple juice have lost out in their bid to have their murder convictions overturned.
Jade Sanders, 27, and Lamont Thomas, 31, had appealed against their conviction four years ago over the death of their six-week-old son who starved to death.
The Georgia Supreme Court upheld the murder conviction of the couple who claimed they were sticking to their beliefs over food.
Charged: Lamont Thomas (L) and Jade Sanders (R) had appealed against their conviction four years ago over the death of their six-week-old son
The two first-time parents had rushed their malnourished son Crown Shakur to hospital after he began to have trouble breathing in 2005.
Doctors declared him dead on arrival after failing to resuscitate him.
An autopsy found his death was due to extreme malnourishment or starvation.
When police searched the couple’s flat in Fulton County, Georgia, they found a soy milk bottle, an apple juice bottle and a rancid-smelling baby bottle caked with debris.
Prosecutors said an investigation revealed the two, who lived a vegan lifestyle and ate no animal products, only fed their baby soy milk and apple juice, and had failed to seek medical treatment when their young son was wasting away.
Prosecutor Chuck Boring said during the trial 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.’
Defence lawyers argued at the murder trial that they did not realise their baby was in danger.
At trial, Saunders claimed she also fed her son breast milk and soy milk formula, reports the Atlantic Journal-Constitution.
‘I loved my son – and I did not starve him,’ Jade Sanders said at her May 2007 sentencing hearing.
According to authorities, the child died of bronchopneumonia due to extreme malnourishment or starvation.
The couple were found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
In her appeal, Sanders’ lawyer argued the evidence wasn’t strong enough to support the verdict.
And Thomas’ lawyer claimed his trial attorney was ineffective because he failed to call an expert to support his theory that his son’s death was linked to cystic fibrosis and not starvation.
The Supreme Court rejected the appeal unanimously and said the conviction was safe.
I am happy that this sick ex-pediatrician, Earl Bradley, has received 14 consecutive life sentences for the molestation and rape charges he received in 2009. Not only did he videotape his attacks, but they were well planned, vicious, but there were also 86 victims, that the police were able to prove. The abuse he inflicted on many young girls (all but one were female) was a recurring act starting in 1998, as far as authorities are aware; The average age of these victims was 3-years-old.
The full article from CBS News is below if you want more information on this story. Many people had to leave the courtroom while hearing about the brutality involved in this case, and although the article from CBS is mild, it still explains some of the perversions that are within this man’s head.
CBS NEWS -
(AP) GEORGETOWN, Del. – An ex-pediatrician accused of raping and sexually assaulting scores of his young patients over a decade is awaiting a judge’s decision after a one-day trial in which the graphic testimony moved women to tears and drove others from the courtroom.
Prosecutors on Tuesday presented their case against Earl Bradley to a judge in southern Delaware, just miles from his former office in Lewes. Witnesses painted the 58-year-old, gray-bearded former doctor as a predator who covertly videotaped naked patients during exams and who raped young victims or forced them to perform oral sex.
“The rapes were violent, they were brutal,” state police Detective Scott Garland testified. “… The violence we were seeing was significant, and beyond anything I had ever witnessed. Nothing had prepared me for it.”
Prosecutors gave Sussex County Superior Judge William Carpenter Jr. hours of graphic video evidence to review, recorded by Bradley himself, documenting the abuse. On the tapes are a total of 86 victims dating to 1998, prosecutors said. All but one were young girls with an average age of 3.
If convicted, Bradley could face life in prison for each of the 14 rape charges against him. He also is charged with assault and sexual exploitation of a child.
The judge will decide the case since Bradley waived his right to a jury trial after his lawyers were unsuccessful in suppressing video evidence against him. He did not indicate when he would rule, but the outcome hardly seems in doubt.
Bradley’s defense lawyers did not cross-examine either of the prosecution’s witnesses, both Delaware state police detectives. Instead, Bradley’s state-appointed lawyer Dean Johnson began by reminding the judge of the defense’s objection to the videos’ admission. Defense lawyers had previously argued unsuccessfully that the videos were improperly seized from Bradley’s office and are expected to pursue an appeal on that issue.
Any appeal would have to wait until after sentencing, however, which likely would be months after the judge rules. Any appeal would be heard by Delaware’s Supreme Court. It would be unlikely that a three-judge panel of the court, or the full court itself, would hear any appeal before next year.
Dressed in a gray prison jumpsuit, Bradley said little during Tuesday’s four-hour trial, speaking only when the judge asked a few questions, including whether he wanted to testify. He squinted through heavy glasses and often stared at the wall or the defense table. He never took the stand.
Instead, the judge and those in the courtroom listened to detectives who described how Bradley had developed a variety of ruses to conceal his abuse.
Garland, a computer forensics expert, reviewed the more than 13 hours of video taken from Bradley’s office complex. He said Bradley had pocket-sized pen cameras he would use to surreptitiously record a child’s genitals during exams, often with parents in the room.
To get his victims away from their parents, Bradley would offer toys kept in the office’s basement, said the other witness, Det. Thomas Elliott. Another recurring theme was to explain that a child had received an especially painful shot and that the sugar from a Popsicle could help ease the pain, Garland said. Children were then taken alone for a treat and abused.
“You can see the child has a Popsicle in her hand during the course of some of the rapes,” Garland said.
Videos of the abuse were filed and categorized in folders with names like “Summer Best,” Garland said, with some protected by software that looked and acted like a safe and required an eight-digit password.
The detective’s testimony about the videos included describing Bradley with his hands wrapped tightly around the heads of young children, violently forcing them to perform oral sex on him. When Bradley was finished the assaults, he would sometimes lift up the young victims by the head and throw them several feet onto a couch in the rear of the building at his office complex where investigators found the videos, Garland said. Sometimes he would perform “rescue breathing” and chest rubs to revive the semiconscious victims, the detective said.
Some witnesses in the courtroom sobbed during that description, and one couple stormed out, slamming the door.
About 50 observers were in the courtroom at the trial’s start, though some had trickled out by the end of the day. Passions were clearly running high. The Associated Press has not identified the relatives of victims in the case in order to protect the identities of children who are alleged victims of the sexual abuse.
One woman who did not want to be identified but said she was the grandmother of one of the alleged victims said she wished she could shoot Bradley.