a vegan mother sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her son by malnutrition

In September 2019, the child of Sheila and Ryan Patrick O’Leary died of malnutrition. Aged 18 months, he weighed just over 7 kg, the weight of a 7-month-old child, according to a police report cited by the Associated Press.

At home, her parents follow a strict vegan diet and therefore consume no animal products, only fruits and vegetables. Their baby was also fed breast milk. Sheila and Ryan Patrick O’Leary told investigators their son, Ezra, hadn’t eaten in a week and had had trouble sleeping the night before he died. The couple have three other children, aged 3, 5 and 11, who are also malnourished according to investigators. The judgment prohibits the mother from having contact with her other children.

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