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Anti-vaxxer parents who refused medical care for dead son’s meningitis are found guilty

The two Canadian parents who are accused of allowing their 19-month-old son to die from bacterial meningitis, have finally been convicted for not providing him with the proper medical care.

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The two Canadian parents who are accused of allowing their 19-month-old son to die from bacterial meningitis, have finally been convicted for not providing him with the proper medical care.

According to the CBC, Alberta residents David Stephan and Collet Stephan, were charged nearly one year ago after their son Ezekiel passed away in March 2012 from the very deadly infection. The couple attempted to use “natural remedies” in favor of medical treatment from a professional and licensed doctor.

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From the CBC:

There was a gasp in the courtroom as the decision from the four-man, eight-woman jury came down. People in the courtroom’s gallery started to cry and Collet Stephan broke out sobbing uncontrollably while her husband and others rubbed her back.

The Stephans will not be held in custody at this time, but will have to return to court on June 13 when the date for sentencing will be set.

The maximum penalty for failing to provide the necessaries of life is five years in prison.

The couple lived in the southwestern corner of Alberta and regularly practiced naturopathic healing when whenever their kids got sick. When Ezekiel began showing flu like symptoms, the couple used natural remedies that included hot peppers, garlic, onions, horseradish, and a product from a naturopathic “doctor” aimed at boosting his immune system.

When the Ezekiel stopped breathing, the family called 911 and he was rushed to the emergency room in Lethbridge and later flown to Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. The child was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and neurological dysfunction, and on March 18, he was declared brain dead.

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  1. Kristin Brown

    April 28, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Everyone can debate one side or the other allllll day long, but the fact is there is ALWAYS a gray area in instances like this. Yes they should’ve done this, no they should’ve done that, whatever. Every single parent makes decisions for a child based on research and experiences. Everyone has different experiences. I vaccinate for some things and have done enough research to wait on other vaccines because they are more likely to be dangerous when done so unnecessarily early on children. I shouldn’t need to vaccinate for a sexually transmitted disease on my infant unless I have the STD personally. That’s just one example. Also, I’ve never had a doctor hold us to make sure everything is ok afterwards, they’ve never cared. I’d switch doctors, but my options are limited with the girls being on medicaid. I personally feel these parents shouldn’t be thrown in prison for choosing to go about things the way they did. They thought what they were doing was right for one reason or another. Doctors make mistakes and kill people all the time. ITs just a matter of perspective and just because some regular people with closed minds are on a jury panel, you can get thrown in prison?? Isn’t the loss of the child punishment enough? America the free right? lol suuuure…

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