Police have arrested a Florida couple and charged them with starving their 18-month-old child to death.
The couple, Sheila and Ryan O’Leary, subjected their four children to a strict vegan diet of only vegetables and fruits.
According to a statement issued by the Police Department, police officers responded to a report regarding an 8-month-old child who stopped breathing in his family’s home, and the paramedics who were summoned to the scene declared his death.
An autopsy revealed that the boy had succumbed to conditions related to hunger including dehydration, a liver disorder and swelling of the hands and feet.
Investigators at the home of the deceased child also observed two of his older siblings, between the ages of 3 and 5, who appeared to be suffering from severe malnutrition.