If 2006 was the peak year for meat-eating meatheads to leave their kids with the valet parking guy, I really hope 2004 was the high watermark for vegan parenting stupidity. That's the year Coney Island vegan dad Raphael Spindell kidnapped his son away from his mother-in-law--who had custody, because the kid was deemed malnourished--so that he and his wife could go live off the land in Belize or upstate or wherever. But at least the mom kept breastfeeding and kept the kid alive.
2004 is also the year Atlanta new parents Lamont Thomas and Jade Sanders starved their 6-week-old son Crown Shakur to death, not just by feeding him only soy milk and fruit juice, but by underfeeding and neglecting him.
The AP story makes this whole thing out to be about veganism, but the local paper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a more nuanced, if no less justifiable, view:
A reformed [? lapsed? heretic?] vegan, Nina Planck, wrote an op-ed this weekend in the NY Times about why an adult vegan diet is not viable, either for pregnancy or for a newborn, or for a toddler.
I would hope that's obvious to anyone. [ed. note: but since it isn't, and there are non-crazy vegans who have healthy babies, thank you very much, I'll just admit I'm tainted by a meat-centric worldview right now.]
But this Crown Shakur case seems to be less about veganism and more about woefully unprepared, ill-equipped parents who fail to grasp the implications of their half-formed beliefs.