Mom Sentenced to 3 Years After Son, 7, Dies From Strep Throat Because She Didn't Take Him to Doctor
A Canada mother was sentenced to three years in prison on Saturday after her seven-year-old, who was suffering from severe strep, died because she did not take him to the doctor.
Tamara Lovett, 48, from Calgary was convicted in January of criminal negligence causing death of her son Ryan Lovett, reports said.
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“Ryan suffered terribly from this inaction,” Justice Kristine Eidsvik said. “He died an excruciating, unnecessary death.”
Ryan was bed ridden at home for 10 days in March 2013. During that time, Lovett gave him dandelion tea and oil of oregano to treat his infection.
Ryan's symptoms included swollen lymph nodes, oozing ears and jaundiced eyes at the time of his death, reports said.
The infection caused the organs in his body to fail. Lovett said she thought he had a cold or a flu.
Eidsvik said during the trial that Lovett "gambled away" Ryan's life by treating him herself and not seeking medical help.
Lovett admitted during the proceeding that what she did was wrong, and the court acknowledged her grief and suffering, reports said.
“Her remorse, I believe, is genuine,' Eidsvik reportedly said during the hearing.
Defense lawyer Alain Hepner had argued the case should be dismissed because it took too long from the time Lovett was arrested until her conviction in January.
The Supreme Court of Canada set out a 30-month time frame for superior court cases to go to trial in what has become known as the Jordan decision. The high court, however, has allowed some flexibility for cases in which charges were laid before its order in July 2016.
Lovett's case took 38 months.
"The parties were clearly operating under the old regime," she said. "In my view, it would not be just to set aside a conviction here and enter a stay."
I can see why she might have thought that it was a flu or just a cold but if it took longer then 2 days she should definitely have brought him to the doctor it was very irresponsible of her to play doctor with her childs life.
What do you think about it..