Couple convicted of killing their child get sentenced
Canadians David and Collet Stephan, who were convicted of a criminal charge of "failing to provide the necessaries of life" to their 19-month son, Ezekiel, have been sentenced. [Bell D. David Stephan gets jail time, Collet Stephan gets house arrest in son's meningitis death
CBC News, June 24, 2016]
- David was ordered to serve four months in prison.
Collet was ordered to serve three months on house arrest and to post an unedited copy of the sentencing hearing to all Web and social media sites with which she is personally affiliated.
Both were ordered to complete 240 hours of community service.
The couple's three other children must see a medical doctor at least once a year and a public health nurse every three months.
Press reports indicate that Ezekiel died of bacterial meningitis while they treated him for 2½ weeks with hot peppers, garlic, onions, and horseradish and a product from a naturopath said to be aimed at boosting his immune system. [Alberta parents convicted in toddler's meningitis death
. CBC News, April 26, 2016] Before the sentencing hearing, Collet urged her Facebook
supporters to send handwritten letters to her lawyer “regarding Dave and myself’s parenting character, concern for our children losing us and how this verdict will affect your parental rights.” David is vice-president of Truehope Nutritional Support, a company that markets “natural remedies."
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