Florida vegan mom starved toddler on raw food

A Florida vegan mother has been found guilty of murdering her 18-month-old son after feeding him only raw fruits and vegetables.

Sheila O’Leary, 39, faces a life sentence after a jury on Wednesday convicted her of murder and a slew of child molestation charges over the death of her toddler Ezra O’Leary in 2019, the News Press reported.

Their little boy weighed just 17 pounds – seven pounds below average – when his parents noticed he had stopped breathing.

O’Leary and her husband Ryan O’Leary told police that Ezra follows a strict vegan diet – but that he was also breastfed.

They said the boy had not eaten and had trouble sleeping for about a week before he died.

Sheila O'Leary
Sheila O’Leary, 39, faces life in prison after a jury convicted her of murdering her infant son on Wednesday.
Sheila and Ryan O'Leary in mug shots
Sheila O’Leary and her husband Ryan were both arrested and charged in their son’s death in 2019.

An autopsy revealed that the little boy died of malnutrition complications.

Prosecutors accused the mother of failing to provide her son with adequate medical care when she discovered he was ill.

“She chose to ignore his screams,” Assistant District Attorney Sara Miller said during closing arguments.

“She didn’t need a scale to see his bones. She didn’t need a scale to hear his scream.”

Sheila O'Leary in prison
O’Leary faces life imprisonment after a jury found her guilty of starving the toddler.

Prosecutors added that the couple had also been neglecting their three other children – all under the age of 11 – when Ezra died.

“We’re here because their children were starving so much that the youngest were starving,” Miller said.

O’Leary’s husband is scheduled to stand trial on the same charges. Florida vegan mom starved toddler on raw food


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