Court appearance for Calgary parents charged with neglect of dependent, adult son

CALGARY — A mother and father accused of neglecting their dependent, adult son who weighed just 43 pounds are to appear in a Calgary court today.

An investigation began in October after the parents found the man unresponsive in his bedroom in their home.

Front-line workers with Alberta Health Services brought the man’s condition to the attention of police.

He was taken to hospital in acute medical distress and is recovering in a long-term care facility.

Jonathon Grunewald, who is 52, and Malinda Phillips, who is 47, were charged last month with failing to provide the necessaries of life and negligence causing bodily harm.

An investigator said the man was completely dependent on his parents.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 4, 2021.

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