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Parents sentenced in murder of emaciated teen with untreated diabetes

 

The parents of a teenage boy who died as a result of starvation and untreated diabetes have been sentenced to life in prison without parole for 25 years.

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Alexandru Radita, 15, weighed just 35 pounds when he was found dead at his home in Calgary, Canada, after suffering years of untreated diabetes.

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His parents Emil, 60, and Rodica Radita, 54, had made it their mission to isolate Alex from anyone who could monitor his insulin treatment since his diagnosis at the age of two, a court heard.

The Raditas were found guilty of first degree murder on Friday at the end of a trial that saw harrowing testimony from witnesses, including a social worker who tried desperately to save the boy.

Paramedic Deborah Baumback gave distressing evidence regarding the condition of Alex’s body when she was called to the scene of his death in 2013.

“She described him as emaciated to the point where he appeared ‘mummified,’” Judge Karen Horner said at the couple’s sentencing hearing.

“His face had no visible flesh left and his left jaw had open sores so deep she could see his jawbone.”

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