Cape Coral 18-month-old boy died from complications of malnutrition

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Published on November 13, 2019 - Duration: 02:13s

Cape Coral 18-month-old boy died from complications of malnutrition

A Cape Coral man and woman were arrested for the death of the child, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

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Cape Coral 18-month-old boy died from complications of malnutrition

ONLINE ON FOX 4 NOW DOT COME ASWELL OUR SOCIAL MEDIA INCLUDINGFACEBOOK AND TWITTER.TONIGHT -- WE ARE LEARNING NEW,DISTURBING DETAILS IN THE DEATHOF A BABY BOY IN CAPE CORAL.DETECTIVES SAY THE 18-MONTH-OLDDIED INSIDE HIS HOME BECAUSE OFEXTREME MALNUTRITION.HIS PARENTS -- RYAN AND SHEILAO’LEARY ARE IN POLICE CUSTODYAND ARE FACING SERIOUS CHARGES.FOX 4’S JILLIAN HARTMANN IS LIVEOUTSIDE THE CAPE CORAL POLICEDEPARTMENT TO BREAK DOWN THE NEWREPORT.

JILLIAN WHAT DID YOULEARN?WE GOT OUR HANDS ON THIS NEWREPORT FROM CAPE CORAL POLICESAYING THAT LITTLE BOY ONLYWEIGHED 17-POUNDS.HE ESSENTIALLY STARVED TO DEATHAFTER NOT BEING FED FOR A WEEK.THIS CAPE CORAL POLICE REPORTSURFACING TONIGHT WITH TROUBLINGDETAILS.ACCORDING TO THE REPORT THEMOTHER SHEILA O’LEARY SAYS THEBABY WAS BORN AT THEIRHOME...AND HAD NEVER BEEN TAKENTO A DOCTOR.THE 18 MONTH OLD SLEPT ON A COTIN THE LIVING ROOM WITH HIS MOM.ONE CHILD SLEPT IN A HAMMOCK --ANOTHER ON A DOG BED.THE FATHER RYAN O’LEARY SLEPTWITH A CHILD ON A SHEET ON THEFLOOR.SHEILA SAID THE BABY BOY WAS NOTFEELING WELL AND ONLY BREASTFEDHIM FOR A WEEK BEFORE HE DIED.FIRST RESPONDERS ARRIVED ATTHEIR CAPE CORAL HOME INSEPTEMBER -- AFTER RECEIVING A9-1-1 CALL THAT THE BABY WAS NOTBREATHING.THE FATHER TRIED C-P-R BUT THEBABY WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD LESSTHAN 10 MINUTES AFTER MEDICS GOTTHERE.DETECTIVES SAY THE CHILD WASVERY SMALL, PALE -- WITH SWOLLENHANDS AND FEET.THE OFFICIAL CAUSE OF DEATH ISLISTED AS MALNUTRITION... AMONGOTHER HEALTH RELATED ISSUES.THE REPORT ALSO SAYS TWO OFTHEIR OTHER THREE CHILDREN WERESEVERELY UNDERWEIGHT AND VERYPALE TOO.THE KIDS HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO ACHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER.BOTH PARENTS ADMIT IN THE REPORTTHAT THEY WERE WORRIED ABOUTTHEIR BABY BOY’S HEALTH ANDSHOULD HAVE PROVIDED MEDICALCARE.RIGHT NOW -- RYAN AND SHEILAO’LEARY ARE NOW FACINGMANSLAUGHTER AND CHILD NEGLECTCHARGES IN CONNECTION TO HISDEATH.TONIGHT THE PARENTS ARE INPOLICE CUSTODY AT THE LEE COUNTYJAIL.

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