On Friday 24 February, two parents from Calgary, Canada were sentenced to 25 years of life in prison with no parole after the judge found them guilty of first-degree murder.
The Canadian parents Emil Radita, 60 and Rodica Radita, 54 were held responsible for the death of their diabetic son, Alexandru after he died in 2013 as a result of complications from intentionally untreated diabetes and starvation.
Alexandru’s medical crisis began when he was about three years old. His parents had taken him to a hospital in British Columbia, Canada, in December 2000 due to unceasing abdominal pain, fever, constant thirst, and vomiting.
After several lab tests, the doctor confirmed that Alex had Type 1 diabetes and explained to the couple that the boy would need regular blood tests and insulin injections to make blood-sugar levels moderate.
However, due to reasons best known to the couple, the boy was left untreated and uncared for.
The court documents revealed that Mrs. Radita had stated that the diagnosis was incorrect to her.
So rather than heed to the doctor’s advice, she did otherwise to prove them wrong.
13 years after, the boy was found dead in his family home.
According to the Canadian Press, Mr. and Mrs. Radita intended to and did isolate Alex from anyone who could intervene and monitor his insulin treatment aside from themselves.
Witnesses at the scene during the recovery of his corpse also stated that the boy, who was one of the family’s eight children, weighed less than 37 pounds even though he was 15.
An emergency worker at the scene also revealed that the young boy looked emaciated to the point where he appeared mummified.
According to her, his face was so slim and malnourished that she could see his bone.
A Health worker whose account was officially documented in the court’s records revealed that Alexandru had black, necrotic sores on his face, and his left jaw had open sores so deep she could see his jaw bone.
There was nothing left of his stomach as he was just so extraordinarily skinny.
She estimated his waistline to be approximately three inches.
Paramedic Baumback, who was called to the scene, also reported that the young boy had just three-inch waist and few teeth.
Not only was he covered in ulcers, but he was also even wearing a nappy.
An autopsy carried out during the investigation further revealed that the boy had died of bacterial sepsis, which was caused by extreme starvation.
Canada Justice Karen Horner said:
“Alex died as a result of bacterial sepsis brought on by extreme starvation. His physical condition at the time of death was not a sudden or quick occurrence but rather took over months and possibly, probably years.”
In one of their appearances in court, the couple’s attorney argued the couple lacked the financial means to cater for their young child and not the desire to intentionally withhold the insulin from him despite knowing the consequences.