David and Collet Stephan, found guilty last year in Lethbridge for failing to provide the necessaries of life in the death of their young son, have had their convictions upheld by the Alberta Court of Appeal.
A former southern Alberta couple found guilty last year in a Lethbridge courtroom of failing to provide the necessaries of life in the death of their toddler son have lost the appeal of their convictions. David and Collet Stephan's lawyer had argued the trial judge allowed the jury to be overwhelmed by medical evidence in the trial, however this week, two of three Alberta Appeals Court judges upheld the original convictions. The trial last year heard the Stephan's treated their young son Ezekiel with natural remedies including garlic, onion and horseradish. The couple was convicted by a Lethbridge jury in April 2016 in the death of 19 month old Ezekiel who died of bacterial meningitis in 2012. The Appeals Court decision states "if they were only to take the child to a doctor, this evidence supports the conclusion they actively failed to do what a reasonably prudent and ordinary parent would do." David Stephan was sentenced to four months in jail and Collet Stephan was ordered to spend three months under house arrest. - Pat Siedlecki