Cape Coral mother who starved infant to death sentenced to life in prison

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Sheila O’Leary, the Cape Coral mother who was found guilty of starving her 18-month-old child to death, has been sentenced to life in prison.

O’Leary was sentenced to life in prison for first degree murder. She also received 30 years in prison for aggravated child abuse, 30 years in prison for aggravated manslaughter of a child, and five years in prison on two counts of child neglect and one count of child abuse. All sentenced will be served concurrently.

O’Leary had previously rejected a 30-year plea deal proposed by the state.

She will also no longer have custody of any of the victims involved in the case and a no contact order has been put in place.

Sheila and her husband Ryan Patrick O’Leary were accused of starving their 18-month-old child to death.

According to the arrest report, Sheila and her husband Ryan Patrick O’Leary had told police that the family was vegan and only ate fruit and vegetables. The infant, who was born in the home and had never seen a doctor, only weighed 17 pounds when he died.

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Three other children, 3, 5, and 11, were also found to be abused and neglected, according to the State’s Attorney Office. One child even needed to have teeth removed due to tooth decay.

Sheila and Ryan O’Leary were indicted in 2019 for abusing and neglecting their four children.

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Ryan O’Leary is scheduled to be back in court in September. This comes after the state says it has evidence that he molested one of the other children around 2019.

This story is developing, trust NBC2 to bring you the latest details as they become available.

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