Alberta Crown appeals sentence in toddler’s meningitis death

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Alberta Crown appeals sentence in toddler meningitis death; says not enough

Last month David Stephan was sentenced to 4 months in jail, while Collet received 3 months of house arrest

The Canadian Press Posted: Jul 07, 2016 4:29 PM MT Last Updated: Jul 07, 2016 4:29 PM MT

David and Collet Stephan were found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life to 19-month-old Ezekiel, who treated him with hot peppers, garlic, onions and horseradish before he died of bacterial meningitis.

David and Collet Stephan were found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life to 19-month-old Ezekiel, who treated him with hot peppers, garlic, onions and horseradish before he died of bacterial meningitis. (Facebook)

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Alberta prosecutors are appealing the sentences given to a couple who failed to get proper medical treatment for their son who later died of bacterial meningitis.

Last month Justice Rodney Jerke sentenced David Stephan to jail for four months and gave his wife, Collet, three months of around-the-clock house arrest — she will only be allowed to go out for medical appointments and church.

Both will be on probation for two years after they complete their sentences and were ordered to do 240 hours of community service by 2018.

The parents were found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life to 19-month-old Ezekiel, treating him with hot peppers, garlic, onions and horseradish before he died of bacterial meningitis.

The Crown is appealing on a number of grounds including that the sentence is not “proportionate to the gravity of the offence” and that the judge failed to give sufficient weight to aggravating factors.

No court date has been set.

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Alberta Crown appeals sentence in toddler’s meningitis death

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