Brekky Wrap: Parents Charged With Murder, Accused Of Starving Toddler On Vegan Diet
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Two vegans have been charged with murder, accused of starving their 18-month-old son to death by feeding him only raw foods and vegetables.
Ryan and Sheila O'Leary, from Florida, are also facing charges of aggravated child abuse, manslaughter and child neglect, the State Attorney Amira Fox announced.
The toddler died of malnutrition on September 27. He weighed just 7.5 kg.
His mother said the child was fed mangoes, bananas and avocados and hadn't eaten solid food for a week.
The charges also involve three other children, aged 3, 5, and 11. One was found to be so badly malnourished their teeth had to be removed, reports WBBH.
Two volunteer firefighters have been killed following a crash south of Sydney.
It’s understood their Rural Fire Service truck hit a tree and rolled off the road.
It came hours after two firies were airlifted to hospital with serious burns to their faces, bodies and airways, and a third suffered smoke inhalation.
There are more than 100 fires burning across the state. Among the biggest concern is the 'mega blaze' in the blue mountains.
It’s feared up to 40 properties were destroyed as fires flared yesterday.
Firies across the country are on high alert today as temperatures soar.
Melbourne is forecast to reach 44 degrees -- its hottest December day in more than 140 years.
Adelaide is expected to reach 46C, with a 'catastrophic' fire danger rating declared for six regions across South Australia today.
In other news, a man has been charged, accused of urinating on the Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park.
It’s the second time in a month someone has been arrested for the act.
The 23-year-old will front next month.
Thousands of Queenslanders could lose their payout from the devastating 2011 floods.
NewsCorp reports SunWater and SEQ Water are challenging a court decision which blamed them for the devastation.
The Australian passports of hundreds of registered sex offenders have been cancelled after federal laws were introduced to prevent “child-sex tourism’’ to Southeast Asia two years ago, reports The Australian.
Those who retain their passports are now required to declare their travel plans with authorities if they wish to travel overseas.
There are more than 20,000 people listed on the National Child Sex Offender Register, 3200 of those listings are for life.
The Queen has officially opened British parliament, outlining her government's agenda for the next year.
Legislation to take the UK out of the EU by the end of next month was among more than 30 bills announced.
The Queen also said her government would embark on an “ambitious program of domestic reform that delivers on the people's priorities".
In sport, The Sydney Thunder have beaten reigning champions the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League to make it two from two.
The Thunder chased down their target of 170 with two balls to spare.
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