A Cape Coral, Florida vegan parent is looking at up to life in prison after being found guilty for the murder of her own child. The 18-month-old weighed a mere 17lbs at the time of death.
That aggressive malnutrition resulting in starvation was the result of the mother Sheila O’Leary, now 39, and her husband feeding the child just raw fruits and vegetables.
And despite some vegan pushback, veganism is why they put the children on that diet, and they told this to police themselves. The husband is also charged with murder but has not had his trial yet.
In addition to their unstable belief in the veganism cult, the parents were horribly neglectful and malicious in every way and allowed the baby to die despite the gruesome condition police say the infant was in prior starving to death.
From Daily Mail:
Paramedics pronounced the toddler dead at the scene. They also examined the couple’s older three children.
The pair were charged in December 2019 after Ezra’s cause of death was revealed.
But prosecutors at Sheila’s trial described an emaciated child who constantly cried.
‘She chose to disregard his cries. She didn’t need a scale to see his bones.
‘She didn’t need a scale to hear his cry,’ Assistant State Attorney Sara Miller said.
The couple also had a three-year-old and a five-year-old who were severely malnourished.
Their skin was yellow and one suffered such poor dental hygiene that their teeth were black.
Sheila also has an 11-year-old daughter from a previous relationship and her health was considerably better than that of the other kids.
Police believe it is down to the fact the girl visited her father in a different state regularly, and was given a proper diet there.
The three children were fed a diet that consisted mostly of mangoes, bananas, avocados and rambutans.
How sick is this world?