Blood Tribe Couple Sentenced to One Year Behind Bars for Failing to Provide the Necessaries of Life

A Blood Tribe couple, who pleaded guilty to failing to provide the necessaries of life in the case of their 9 year old daughter, have each been sentenced to a year behind bars.

A Blood Tribe couple, who pleaded guilty to failing to provide the necessaries of life in the case of their 9 year old daughter, have each been sentenced to a year behind bars. The man and woman, who aren't being named, learned their fate in Lethbridge Court of Queens Bench Friday afternoon. Court heard that back in 2013, the couple's daughter became extremely ill and was admitted to the Calgary Children's Hospital suffering from several ailments including a facial infection, low blood sugar, anemia, lice and bone erosion. The Crown was recommending jail time of between 12 and 18 months for the pair while defence lawyers were seeking a year of house arrest for the mother and 12 to 18 months of house arrest or seven to ten months in jail for the father. Judge James Langston, in delivering his sentence, told the couple the girl was failed by her parents adding they violated the trust of society and isn't sure they understand the severity of that. Langston also told court there were several "Gladue factors" in play during his sentencing deliberations. The Gladue Report is a pre-sentence report prepared for Aboriginal offenders, that takes into account their history regarding residential schools, child welfare removal, physical or sexual abuse, underlying developmental or health issues, such as FASD, or substance abuse. Each will get credit for one and a half months served in pre-trial custody and will be on probation for two years after their release. -Tina Giesbrecht/Pat Siedlecki

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