David Crowe interviews David Stephan, whose second child Ezekiel died in 2012. David, and his wife Collet, were charged with the death, and were eventually convicted of “failing to provide the necessities of life”. David Stephan explains why they are appealing this conviction, through describing the last few weeks of his son’s life, up to the point at which the ambulance and hospitals took charge of the boy. Part 2 of this discussion will describe Ezekiel’s death in hospital, the subsequent court hearings and the ongoing appeal, and the possible reasons why the government and medical treatment system of the Province of Alberta was so anxious to blame the parents for this unfortunate death.
January 3, 2017