Father Convicted in Non-Vaccinated Child Death in Solitary Confinement Due to Threats in Prison
David and Collet Stephan of Alberta, Canada, were sentenced after the widely-publicized death of their son Ezekiel and subsequent court trial. Some supporters of the family openly wept when David was sentenced to 4 months in prison, but many of those same reporters were relieved that Collet will not be imprisoned, but will be under 3 months of house arrest. The sentiment is that, “At least she will get to be with her children.”
After a back and forth bout with the croup and flu-like symptoms in 2012, court testimony showed that the 18 month old little boy seemed to bounce back before suddenly taking a turn for the worse. As Health Impact News haspreviously reported, there was a great deal of expert testimony and evidence presented that demonstrated that the child would most likely be alive today were it not for serious failures on the part of the medical system. According to former Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Anny Sauvageau:
In the absence of the medical misadventure during the paramedic intervention, the expected outcome was good.
Tragically, Ezekiel died after such “medical misadventure,” but instead of the Alberta Health System looking at their own failures which contributed to the boy’s death, the Crown went after the Stephans. The already grieving parents were prosecuted for their son’s death, by a court which ignored a great deal of evidence which would have exonerated them.