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article imageCalgary parents charged in death of emaciated 15-year-old son

By Arthur Weinreb     Feb 19, 2014 in Crime
Calgary - The parents of a 15-year-old boy who died last May have been arrested in his death. This is not the first time the couple were alleged to have ignored the teen's diabetes.
Calgary police announced Emil Radita and his wife, Rodica, were arrested yesterday. It is alleged their son, Alex, was diagnosed years ago as suffering from diabetes but his parents did not ensure he received proper medical treatment.
Alex died at home on May 7, 2013. The following day, an autopsy was conducted that revealed the immediate cause of the teen's death was bacterial sepsis that arose from neglect and starvation due to his Type 1 diabetes.
It took police nine months to fully investigate the family's background.
The Raditas each face a charge of first-degree murder in their son's death.
Staff Sgt. Grant Miller, of the Calgary Police Service's homicide unit, said, "The child suffered from neglect so severe that it was beyond the lesser charge of failing to provide the necessities of life. In this situation, the details are extreme, thus the extreme charge of first-degree murder."
Alex was described as being locked in a room, emaciated, and wearing diapers. The child had always been home-schooled so outsiders did not have any contact with him. Alex did not have a doctor in Calgary. The scene at the home last May was described to be so horrific that some first responders needed counselling.
Police have no motive for why the Raditas did not seek help for their son but do not think it was due to religious beliefs. It is thought it may be because the Romanian immigrants distrusted authorities because of what they experienced in their home country.
There were allegations the Raditas failed to get proper medical help for their son more than 10 years ago. Prior to moving to Alberta, the family had lived in British Columbia. In 2003, Alex was malnourished and losing hair. He was admitted to the intensive care unit of the B.C. Children's Hospital and then taken into care by family and child services.
An application was made in December 2004 to remove Alex from his parents permanently. But a judge disagreed, finding the family's social worker was biased against the parents. Although the judge noted the parents were not blameless; they did not trust the medical diagnosis and mismanaged his treatment. The court ordered the boy be returned home, where the judge felt the boy would be safe. Alex was returned to his parents in 2005 and the family later moved to Calgary.
Emil and Rodica Radita have seven other children. Most of them are adults but their minor children have been removed from the home.
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