Man pleads guilty after feeding a toddler an octopus

Matthew Gallagher (Courtesy: Sedgwick County Sheriff)
Matthew Gallagher (Courtesy: Sedgwick County Sheriff)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A man accused of feeding a 2-year-old boy a small octopus has pled guilty.

Matthew Gallagher, 37 of Wichita, pled guilty to an amended charge of endangering a child and additional charges of battery and interference with law enforcement. All are misdemeanors.

Gallagher entered his plea this morning in Sedgwick County District Court before Judge Ben Burgess. The judge followed the sentencing recommendation and placed Gallagher on probation for 24 months with an underlying sentence of 12 months in jail.

The boy’s mother told investigators she returned from work April 5 to find Gallagher performing CPR on her son at her Wichita home. A small octopus was found in the boy’s throat. He was treated at a hospital.

Police say Gallagher told them he had been eating sushi and small octopuses when he fed one to the boy.

Gallagher’s jury trial on a felony charge of aggravated endangering a child was scheduled to begin on Nov. 7.