Vegan couple who fed their children raw vegetable diet ‘starved their 18-month-old to death

Vegan couple who fed their children raw vegetable diet ‘starved their 18-month-old to death
Sheila O’Leary, Ryan O'Leary (Image: Lee County Sheriff's Office)

[Ed. – Here’s hoping the prison they are sent to serves them exclusively an all-raw vegetable diet.]

A vegan couple from Florida who have been feeding their four young children a strict diet of raw vegetables and fruit have been arrested on manslaughter and child neglect charges for allegedly starving their 18-month-old son to death.

Sheila O’Leary, 35, and Ryan O’Leary, 30, were arrested last week in the death of their youngest child who had the weight of an average seven-month-old infant.

According to a press release from the Cape Coral Police Department, on September 27, officers responded to a report of an 18-month-old who had stopped breathing at his family home. Paramedics who were summoned pronounced the toddler dead at the scene.

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The boy weighed just 17lbs at the time of his death. An autopsy later found that the toddler succumbed to conditions associated with starvation, including dehydration, a liver disorder and swelling of the hands and feet, reported The News-Press.

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