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A Florida couple who said they were the police, they have fed their children a vegan diet of only raw fruit and vegetables, was charged with murder on Wednesday, months after their 18-month-old son, allegedly starved to death in their home.
A VEGAN COUPLE JAILED FOR AN 18-MONTH-OLD CHILD HAS A RESTRICTIVE DIET, LEAVING HER EXTREMELY MALNOURISHED
Ryan Patrick O’leary, 30’s, and Sheila O’leary, 35, of Cape Coral, were indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree murder and other charges, the state Attorney Amira Fox said.
The mother called the police on Sept. 27, when the police told them that they said that she could tell her 18-month-old son had a cold and had stopped breathing. The father tried to get him to revive him, police said. Paramedics pronounced the boy dead at the home in Lee County, when they arrived at the Fort Myers News-Press reported.
He weighed in at 17 pounds, the average weight of a seven-month-old baby, according to the police report. Sheila O’leary reportedly told the officers that the family will eat a vegetarian diet, and she raised her children on raw fruits and vegetables, especially mangoes, bananas, avocados, and rambutans.
Sheila O’leary, 35, and Ryan Patrick O’leary, 30, of Cape Coral, were indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree murder in connection with the death of their 18-month-old son. (Lee County Sheriff’s Office)
“The evidence and the scene of the crime, in this case, they are gut-wrenching. They are, as a mother and partner, and I won’t be able to forget it,” says state Attorney Amira Fox said Wednesday. “I commend the detectives and officers with the Cape Coral Police Department for the difficult task of dealing with the horrific nature of this case.”
The parents were arrested last month after a medical examiner has found that their child had died as a result of malnourishment, including dehydration. She turned to Jan. 6 and, in the first instance, in charge of qualified homicide. She is being held on a $250,000 each, and even more. They were arraigned in court on Monday. The charges against them were upgraded on Wednesday.
The charges related to three other children, ages 3, 5 and 11, who are allegedly suffering from abuse and severe neglect in the same building, Fox said. Officers said the children appeared to be small for their age, and it had a yellowish tint. “I had a black, rotten teeth, and the Washington post reported. Two of the children, between the ages of 3 and 5, were placed in state custody. The 11-year-old is in the nurturing of the child’s biological father in Virginia.
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Sheila O ‘ Leary has allegedly claimed that the 18-month-old had not eaten for a week prior to his death, which was attributed to teething, and he was short of breath, as she tried to feed him with mother’s milk, the News-Press reported. She also reportedly told the police that the older kids have been homeschooled, but the enforcement of the law, no evidence was found that proved them to have been enrolled in a homeschool program.