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Five Years in Prison After Parents Give Child Natural Medicine

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Stephan Familyby Daniel Jennings, Off The Grid News

David and Collet Stephan could face up to five years in prison for treating their son with natural remedies rather than taking him to a doctor.

The Canadian couple is being tried for failure to provide the necessities of life to their 19 month-old son, Ezekiel, who died of meningitis in 2012. The couple was then investigated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), which asserted the boy should have been taken to the hospital much sooner. The investigation took nearly a year until charges were filed, and the trial began this month.

“Whatever’s going on here stinks,” David’s brother, Brad Stephan, told The Canadian Press. “I don’t see anybody else getting charged for having meningitis. I almost have to wonder if we don’t have an officer somewhere or someone just acting overzealous … We just feel this is just really over the top and we’re not understanding why.”

The parents say Ezekiel had fallen ill and that they treated it with all-natural remedies, and that he seemed to be getting better until he stopped breathing.

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