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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.

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

CALGARY —A Calgary mother and father convicted in the death of their 14-month-old son have each been sentenced to 32 months in prison. A forensic pathologist’ s report said he was malnourished and died from a staph infection . Jurors saw photos of the dead boy with a red rash all over his body

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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 — A judge says a mother and father convicted in their toddler ’ s death from an infection pose no threat to society, but prison time is Jennifer and Jeromie Clark, leave a sentencing hearing after to couple were found guilty of criminal negligence causing the death of their 14-month-old son in

A Calgary mother and father whose toddler died of a staph infection because they refused to take him to a doctor until it was too late have each been sentenced to 32 months in prison — with the judge saying incarceration was needed to deter other parents who might not seek timely medical treatment

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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