Florida authorities arrested a couple of vegans after their 18-month-old baby died due to severe malnutrition. The marriage confessed that, seeking to make him a healthy person, they had only fed the infant with fruits and vegetables, without knowing that it would cost him his life. Now they are accused of aggravated homicide of a minor and other serious charges.
According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, located in southwest Florida, Father Ryan Patrick O'Leary, 30; and his wife Sheila, 35, were arrested by the Cape Coral Police on the night of November 6 and remained in custody on Monday night.
Against them weigh the charges of aggravated homicide of a child, negligence against a minor causing serious bodily harm and negligence in the infringement of an infant without physically affecting him, according to his detention record. Each bail was set at $ 250,000.RELATED
When police officers went to the couple's house in the city of Cape Coral on September 27 for a 911 call they found the baby dead, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The parents indicated that he had stopped breathing for no apparent reason. The infant had a weight of only 17 pounds, the average weight of a 7-month-old child, according to local newspaper News-Press.
The same media reported that the marriage told police that the child only ate raw fruits and vegetables. When reviewing the health status of their older children, ages 3 and 5, they noticed that both were extremely malnourished. His custody was immediately taken to the county government.
The mother, in particular, told officers that the family was vegan and that her children were following a diet consisting of mangoes, bananas, avocados and other fruits, as well as vegetables. He also noted that his baby had not eaten solid food for a week and that he had only drunk breast milk.
On November 6, the coroner's office determined that the infant had lost his life due to poor diet. That same day, the O'Learies surrendered to the authorities.
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