A vegan mom has been discovered responsible of ravenous her 18-month-old son to death by feeding him uncooked greens and fruits.
Sheila O’Leary, 39, was convicted of homicide by a jury on Wednesday in relation to baby abuse expenses she confronted within the death of her toddler Ezra O’Leary in September 2019, in accordance to the Fort Myers News Press.
Ezra weighed solely 17 kilos, which is seven kilos lower than common for his age, when his mother and father discovered he had stopped respiratory.
‘This child did not eat. He was starved to death over 18 months,’ stated Francine Donnorummo, particular victims unit chief on the State Attorney’s Office.
Sheila and her husband, Ryan O’Leary, instructed cops that Ezra had a strict vegan weight-reduction plan however was additionally breast fed. Ezra didn’t eat for a couple of week earlier than dying and was having issue sleeping, they stated.
‘She made choices that killed her child,’ Donnorummo stated.
‘Her pride cost Ezra his life. It is a reckless disregard for human life.’
An post-mortem report discovered that Ezra died of issues linked to malnutrition.
Prosecutors accused Sheila of failing to search medical take care of Ezra when she realized he was sick.
‘She chose to disregard his cries,’ stated Assistant State Attorney Sara Miller, who co-prosecuted the case, throughout closing arguments.
‘She didn’t want a scale to see his bones. She didn’t want a scale to hear his cry.’
When Ezra died, the O’Learys had been additionally neglecting their three different kids, who’re underneath all 11 years previous, in accordance to prosecutors.
‘We’re right here as a result of their kids had been ravenous a lot that the youngest starved to death,’ stated Miller.
Sheila, of Cape Coral, has her sentencing listening to set for July 25.
Ryan, who’s in Lee County Jail, is slated to stand trial on the identical expenses that Sheila confronted.
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