I don't see that. I see one case (Zac's) where no one raised a point about his age, versus a second case (Holland) where the thread only was started BECAUSE "the state" was raising the point.
Hey, replacement kids are cheap, the Chinese export 'em by the boatload and in many parts of the world you can buy them for a lot less than the Chinese charge. The great (cough cough) concern and sanctity for each life is very much a luxury of recent Western European Civilization. There are parts of the world where breaking your baby's legs is a GOOD THING because it ensures they can have a job as a beggar.
No double standards, just different considerations in different venues. I suspect "Whoa! Dude!" plays differently in Dutch.