Vegans are babykillers?

Just heard about a couple found guilty of “murdering” their 6-week-old child. The parents are Vegans, and do not believe in using animals or animal by-products (such as milk) for food. They did not go to a hospital to deliver the baby, but delivered it at home instead. Then they fed the baby “a diet largely consisting of soy milk and apple juice”. I’m no nutritionist, but I’m pretty sure that this is not a good diet for a newborn. Newborns drink mother’s milk for a reason: It’s what they’re designed to eat. Evidence suggests that the child (weight at death: 3.5 pounds) starved to death. Were the parents stupid? Looks that way. Ignorant? Certainly. Deserving of life sentences for murder? I don’t think so. I don’t see how any justice is served by ruining the lives of 2 adults just because they didn’t know how to care for a child. It’s tragic the child died, yes. Should they be prevented from having more children? I think so. But I just can’t see how the punishment here fits the crime. I don’t see how society benefits from their lifetime incarceration.

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  • savage  On May 12, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    I disagree. Criminal negligence can be grounds for murder charges to be brought up.

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