Vegan Mom Guilty of Toddler’s Starvation Murder

Florida mom whose toddler son died of malnutrition on a diet of raw fruits and vegetables has been convicted of murder.

Sheila O’Leary, 39, of Cape Coral, faces life in prison after a jury convicted her of murder and child abuse charges in the death of little Ezra O’Leary in 2019. The boy weighed just 17 pounds when he died, and had only been fed his parents’ strict vegan diet. The boy’s family claimed that he was given breast milk as well. Prosecutors said the boy suffered horribly in his dying days.

“She chose to disregard his cries,” Assistant State 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 cry.”

O’Leary and her husband, Ryan O’Leary, told police that Ezra followed a strict vegan diet. They said the boy was having trouble sleeping and had not eaten a bite for a week prior to his death. His cause of death was determined to be complications from malnutrition.

Ryan O’Leary is slated to stand trial later this year on the same charges.

During her trial, prosecutors said O’Leary failed to seek proper medical care for the ailing boy. The couple had also allegedly neglected their three other children when Ezra died. Two, who were the couple’s other biological children, were placed in the custody of Child Services after their brother’s death, while their 11-year-old half-sister now lives with her father, Khang Chen, in Virginia.

Chen testified at trial that he, O’Leary and their daughter had lived together at his mother’s home in Virginia before the O’Learys moved to Florida. He said they had taken parenting classes following a court order from Virginia’s Child Protective Services.

“It was a class to educate new parents … or parents in general,” Chen told jurors. “How to raise a healthy child.”

O’Leary was convicted of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter, child abuse, and two counts of child neglect. She will be sentenced July 25.

Dr. Shawn Baker, a surgeon and the author of “The Carnivore Diet” and a YouTube advocate of eating meat, lamented the boy’s death on his YouTube channel.

“This is by no means unique to the vegan community, but this is certainly an exacerbating fact when we see people who are poor parents and vegan [their children see] much more likelihood of worse outcomes because of the inherent deficiencies in the diet,” Baker said.

Original Article: Florida Vegan Mom Guilty Of Toddler’s Starvation Murder | The Daily Wire

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  1. Why is she only ‘eligible’ for Life in Prison; this should qualify for the death penalty if any crime ever did?
    I say once sentenced and sent to the penitentiary release this piece of human refuse into ‘general population’ as the inmates have special methods for child molesters, child murderers, and the like; and upon her hoped for death may she rot in the very bottom of hell.

  2. Like so many other Snowflake theories, veganism became a religion to this couple. I’m betting these people had certain leftist/progressive political beliefs which Americans are now finding repugnant in so many ways. I’m betting that there was no belief in God here. I’m guessing that their friends also practiced this kind of child and adult abuse. I see now that a certain political party and their acolytes are pushing for less meat, less milk, less protein, and more insect-eating. These people are not in any way normal. Like so many leftist philosophies, they glorify death in all its forms.

  3. Death is too good for them, but now we will have to feed them for the rest of their miserable lives, however, they will have to sleep for ever with one eye open.

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