After a trial that lasted seven weeks, an Alberta couple charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life in the meningitis death of their 18-month-old son was found guilty Tuesday in a Lethbridge courtroom.
David Stephan, 32, and Collet Stephan, 35, were charged 11 months after their son Ezekiel died of meningitis in March 2012.
At their trial, the couple testified that they believed their son had croup or flu and treated him for over two weeks with home remedies that included hot peppers, garlic, onions, and horseradish.
The defence argued the couple were loving, responsible parents who simply didn’t realize how sick their son was.
The Stephans 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.
What sentence would you pass in this case?