Parents charged with neglect after adult son found near death, weighing 20 kg

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While acknowledging the ongoing pandemic has increased financial and other challenges for many Calgarians, Hancott said there’s no excuse for what police are calling severe neglect.

“Caregivers remain obligated to ensure the proper care of those who are dependent upon them for their safety and wellbeing. If you’re struggling, please reach out and access available resources,” he said.

Charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life and negligence causing bodily harm are Malinda Phillips, 47 and Jonathon Grunewald, 52.

They’re to appear in court again on Feb. 4.

Police are asking anyone with information on this situation to contact them at 403-266-1234 or anonymously at Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The episode conjures memories of the case of 15-year-old Alex Radita, who was found dead in his Citadel home in May, 2013.

At that time the teen, who suffered from diabetes, weighed just 17 kg.

His parents Rodica and Emil Radita were convicted of first-degree murder for withholding medical aid in February, 2017 in a case that raised concerns about how social services and provincial governments protect such vulnerable people.

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