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CanadaSentencing decision for Calgary couple convicted in toddler's infection death

14:05  05 june  2019
14:05  05 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

Sentencing hearing to continue for Calgary couple convicted in son's death

Sentencing hearing to continue for Calgary couple convicted in son's death CALGARY — A sentencing hearing is to continue today for a Calgary couple convicted in the death of their 14-month-old son.

A sentencing hearing is to continue today for a Calgary couple convicted in the death of their 14-month-old The trial heard their toddler , John, didn’t see a doctor until the day before he died of a staph A forensic pathologist’ s report said the boy was malnourished and died from a staph infection .

CALGARY —A couple found guilty in the death of their son have told a sentencing hearing that they feel a deep sorrow for their loss. A jury found Jennifer and Jeromie Clark guilty last fall of criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessaries of life. The trial heard 14-month-old

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CALGARY — A Calgary mother and father convicted in the death of their 14-month-old son are to learn their sentences today.

A jury found Jennifer and Jeromie Clark guilty last fall of criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessaries of life.

Court heard their toddler, John, didn't see a doctor until the day before he died from a staph infection in November 2013.

Prosecutors argued the Clarks waited too long to take the gravely ill boy to hospital and their sentence should send a message of denunciation and deterrence.

The Crown has asked Court of Queen's Bench Justice Paul Jeffrey to impose a prison sentence of four to five years.

Crown seeks up to 5 years for Calgary couple guilty of negligence in son's death

Crown seeks up to 5 years for Calgary couple guilty of negligence in son's death CALGARY — The Crown is seeking a sentence of between four and five years for a Calgary couple convicted in the death of their 14-month-old son. A jury last fall found Jennifer and Jeromie Clark guilty of criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessaries of life. The trial heard their toddler, John, didn't see a doctor until the day before he died of a staph infection in November 2013. Jeromie Clark's lawyer says his client should get an eight month sentence at most, while Jennifer Clark's lawyer is seeking a sentence of three to eight months. Crown prosecutor Jennifer Crews says it's clear the Clarks loved their son very much.

CALGARY — The Crown is seeking a prison sentence of between four and five years for a Calgary couple convicted in the death of their 14-month-old son, who didn’t see a doctor until the day before he died from an infection .

CALGARY —The Alberta Court of Appeal has dismissed challenges from a Calgary couple found They filed separate notices of appeal the following month. In her verdict, Horner said the couple was in gross Three Court of Appeal judges agreed in their decision that the crime was first-degree murder

Jennifer Clark's lawyer recommended three to eight months in jail followed by probation, while Jeromie Clark's lawyer asked for no more than eight months or probation.

Prosecutor Jennifer Crews said during sentencing submissions Friday that it's clear the Clarks loved their son very much.

But the parents were responsible for the helpless child and their failure to seek medical care as he grew sicker over a period of weeks was not a momentary lapse in judgment, Crews said.

Jurors saw photos of the dead boy with a red rash all over his body and with blackened toes. A forensic pathologist's report said he was malnourished and died from a staph infection.

They were also shown screen shots of online searches for natural remedies for gangrene, such as cabbage leaves and cayenne.

The couple's lawyers suggested at trial that doctors at the Alberta Children's Hospital were to blame because they raised the boy's sodium and fluid levels too aggressively.

David Chow, Jeromie Clark's lawyer, described the Clarks as "loving parents that were misguided" and questioned what putting them behind bars would accomplish.

John Phillips, Jennifer Clark's lawyer, said the Crown's recommended sentence goes too far.

"This is not a case of a child being starved or abused."

Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press

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