A 38-year-old mother from Florida (USA) who followed a strict vegan diet was sentenced to life sentence for the 2019 death of his 18-month-old son.
Sheila O’Leary, a resident of the town of Cape Coral, in the southwest of the state, was sentenced on Monday to spend the rest of her life in prison after being found guilty in June of six counts, including first-degree murderfor the death of one of his sons, Ezra O’Leary.
According to the police report, the woman called the 911 emergency telephone number in September 2019 after noticing that her son was not breathing and by the time the paramedics arrived at the house they found the man dead. child, who weighed only 8 kilos and was the size of a seven-month-old baby.
The mother and her husband, Ryan Patrick O’Leary, who remains in prison awaiting trial on the same charges, told investigators that fed their children only raw vegetables and fruits, although Ezra Sheila was still nursing him.
Agents discovered that the couple’s other two children, ages 3 and 5, showed signs of malnutrition. The mother and husband were arrested two months after the death of the minor.
According to the local channel WINK, the woman’s lawyer, Lee Hollander, pointed out that they will appeal the verdict released in a Lee County court, and which occurs after the woman rejected an agreement with the State Attorney’s Office for which she was to be sentenced to 30 years in prison.