FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A vegan mom who stated she and her household adopted a strict weight loss program of solely uncooked vegatables and fruits confronted sentencing on Monday within the malnutrition demise of her 18-month-old son.
Sheila O’Leary, 38, was convicted in June on six expenses — first-degree homicide, aggravated youngster abuse, aggravated manslaughter, youngster abuse and two counts of kid neglect — within the demise of Ezra O’Leary. A listening to is ready for Monday afternoon in Lee County, Florida.
O’Leary and husband Ryan Patrick O’Leary, who faces trial on the identical expenses this month, instructed investigators that the toddler additionally had been fed breast milk. The boy weighed simply 17 kilos (8 kilograms) and was the dimensions of a seven month previous child, a police report stated.
“This youngster didn’t eat. He was starved to demise over 18 months,” Francine Donnorummo, the particular victims unit chief on the Lee County State Lawyer’s Workplace, stated through the trial.
The couple had two different youngsters, ages 3 and 5, who additionally had been malnourished, investigators stated. A fourth youngster had been returned to her organic father throughout an earlier malnutrition case in Virginia, court docket data present.
Her lawyer confirmed footage of O’Leary with one in every of her youngsters through the trial, in search of to indicate she by no means meant to hurt them.
“Does that appear to be a mother who desires to kill her child?” lawyer Lee Hollander stated. “Simply because it occurred doesn’t imply she dedicated a criminal offense.”
Hollander has requested a brand new trial, saying “errors” led to her conviction. If that movement is granted, she stated she desires a brand new lawyer, telling the choose in July that her lawyer did not defend her the best way she wished him to.
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