The Atlanta mother, Jade Sanders, 27, initially told police she fed her baby organic apple juice and soy milk. But the soy milk containers in her Buckhead apartment clearly state that soy milk is not to be used as a substitute for baby formula, her lawyer admitted.
At trial, the mother said she also fed her son breast milk and soy milk formula.
The father, Lamont Thomas, 31, buried his face in his hands at the defense table after hearing the verdicts that would send him and his girlfriend to prison with automatic life sentences. The judge might tack on more prison time at a sentence hearing next week.
The courtroom was so quiet after the judge read the rare verdict that the clank of the handcuffs a deputy fastened around the couple's wrists echoed throughout the room.
"We're going to jail for no reason, " the father told visiting senior Superior Court Judge L.A. McConnell before being led out of the courtroom by deputies. "We didn't starve our son for weeks and weeks."
Sanders' and Thomas' mothers sat silently, wiping at tears.
Thomas' attorney, Brandon Lewis, turned to the moms and vowed to appeal: "I want you to remember, it's far from being over."
Outside the courtroom, Lewis said he believes the parents unintentionally starved their child by giving him apple juice, which worked as a diuretic and blocked the absorption of nutrients from the soy milk, soy formula and breast milk. They never took Crown to a doctor because they feared hospitals were infested with germs, he said.
At trial, government witness and vegan expert Amy Lanou told jurors the child's health may have been compromised by his diet, but he still should have been alive if fed enough food.
Lanou, a nutritionist who authored the book "Healthy Eating for Life for Children, " on raising children as vegans, said all parents should know that babies need adequate amounts of breast milk or formula.
Prosecutors Boring and Mike Carlson convinced jurors that the neglect was intentional.
Boring said outside the courtroom that he'd always be haunted by this case. "I'll never understand why, " he said.