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Vegan couple guilty of baby's murder

16:00 Tue Sep 13 2011

The court in the US has upheld the murder convictions against a vegan Atlanta couple who let their six-week old baby starve to death, raising him on a diet of apple juice and soy milk.

Jade Sanders and Lamont Thomas, both in their twenties, took their baby Crown Shakur, who weighed just 1.6kg, to Piedmont Hospital on April 24, 2005, after he began to have trouble breathing.

Doctors could not resuscitate the baby and found he died because of extreme starvation.

Police found a soy milk carton, an apple juice bottle and a filthy baby bottle in the couple's apartment.

At the 2007 trial, prosecutors said the soy milk cartons in the couple's apartment clearly stated on the packaging that it was not to be used as a substitute for baby formula.

They also told the court the couple had neglected their child on purpose, refusing to seek medical help despite their son weighing the same as a foetus seven months into a normal pregnancy.

They were convicted of malice murder, felony murder, involuntary manslaughter and cruelty to children.

Sanders and Thomas were appealing their 2007 murder sentence but were unsuccessful in the Georgia Supreme Court and will now both serve their life sentences.