Vegan parents accused of starving 18-month-old son to death on raw food diet


Two vegan parents from Florida are accused of starving their 18-month-old son to death by feeding him only raw fruits and vegetables, officials said.

Sheila O’Leary, 35, and Ryan O’Leary, 30, face charges of manslaughter and child neglect in the death last month of their son — who weighed just 17 pounds, the Florida Myers News-Press reported.

Police said the mom called 911 on Sept. 27 to report that the boy was not breathing and cold, while her husband attempted to resuscitate him at their Cape Coral home.

But when authorities arrived, the malnourished child was pronounced dead, according to the report.

The mom told officers that the family was vegan and her four kids were on a raw food diet that consisted of mangoes, rambutans, bananas and avocados.

She told authorities that before the toddler’s death, he had not eaten solid foods in a week but was being breastfed. She said she believed that was due to teething.

More from the NY Post