Sentencing hearing continued for Calgary couple convicted in sons death

first_imgA forensic pathologist’s report said the boy was malnourished and died from a staph infection. The Crown said he was on the verge of death by the time his parents took him to hospital.The couple’s lawyers argued that doctors at the Alberta Children’s Hospital were to blame because they raised the boy’s sodium and fluid levels too aggressively.David Stephan, who with his wife Collet are to be tried a second time next week in the 2012 death of their son, sat in the gallery with a notebook during much of the Clarks’ trial.Stephan posted several Facebook videos from outside the courthouse decrying what he sees as the unfair treatment of the Clarks.The Stephans were found guilty in 2016 of failing to provide the necessaries of life to 19-month-old Ezekiel, who died from meningitis. The Supreme Court of Canada overturned their conviction last year and ordered a new trial.Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press CALGARY — A sentencing hearing continued Friday for a Calgary couple convicted in the death of their 14-month-old son.A jury last fall found Jennifer and Jeromie Clark guilty of criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessaries of life.The trial heard their toddler, John, didn’t see a doctor until the day before he died of a staph infection in November 2013.Jurors saw photos of the dead boy with a red rash all over his body and with blackened toes.READ MORE: Jury finds Calgary couple guilty in 2013 death of toddler sonThey were also shown screen shots of online searches for natural remedies for gangrene such as cabbage leaves and cayenne.During sentencing submissions on Friday, the Crown asked for four to five years in prison because the Clarks ignored their son’s worsening health, while the defence requested eight months in jail, followed by probation, saying they were loving parents who simply made a mistake.Crown says Clarke’s just needed to use common sense in order to be effective parents. But they failed in this and “failed John” by acting in an “ignorant and selfish” way.— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) May 31, 2019 Starting off with a restatement of prior facts — signs of a loving home, parents cared for kids, going to hospital right after noticing blackened toes, Jennifer in a state of shock after learning he would die.— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) May 31, 2019A judge will deliver a sentence on Wednesday morning.At the start of their sentencing hearing in February, the Clarks spoke of the deep sorrow they felt over John’s death.The rest of the hearing was postponed until today because a pre-sentencing report had not been submitted. There was no agreed statement of facts, because the defence and the Crown had contradictory views of John’s cause of death.last_img

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