Two Canadian parents were found guilty of first degree murder on Friday after their 15-year-old diabetic son died weighing less than 37 pounds.
Justice Karen Horner said that both parents were equally responsible for the painful death of their son.
Emil Radita, 60, and Rodica Radita, 54, had eight children, including their son Alexandru. The 15-year-old died in 2013 from complications due to untreated diabetes and starvation. His parents put him through years of isolation and neglect, according to a report by New York Daily News.
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“Mr. and Mrs. Radita intended to and did isolate Alex from anyone who could intervene or monitor his insulin treatment aside for themselves.”
Alexandru died as a result of bacterial sepsis brought on by extreme starvation. Horner said that the Raditas purposely refused to administer to their son the proper doses of insulin that he needed to survive. She said that “they knew he was dying.”
Neither parents showed any sign of emotion during sentencing, even while Horner blamed them for the death of their son.
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“Your actions in starving your son Alex to death are beyond comprehension. You persisted in arrogant confidence … until he was dead.”
The couple defended their actions, saying that it went against their religious beliefs to take their son to the hospital or to receive medical treatment.
Witnesses testifying for the prosecution said that the parents would not accept their son’s condition, and didn’t provide any treatment until he almost died in 2003.
After he left the hospital from that incident, he was placed in foster care. His condition improved drastically while in the system. Social Worker Patricia MacDonald fought to keep Alexandru out of his parent’s custody, but the family was reunited and moved to Alberta.
He was enrolled in an online school there, but did not finish. There are no records indicating that he was taken to a doctor, though he did have an Alberta health insurance number.
MacDonald believes that the sentence brings justice for Alexandru.
“I’m happy with the verdict. I think that it really is justice for Alex. He went through a horrible ending to his life and I’m glad to see his parents be held accountable.”
Prosecutor Susan Pepper said that she hopes this case will help make changes in the foster system, which she says failed Alexandru.
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