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Parents arrested after treating their sick 1-year-old son with maple syrup until he died

By Mason White 10:42 AM March 10, 2016
Collet Stephan and her son Ezekiel  

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) The parents of a 1-year-old child were arrested on a charge of failing to provide the necessaries of life after allegedly allowing their sick son to die of meningitis, police in Canada said.

Alberta police said that they have arrested 32-year-old David Stephan and 35-year-old Collet Stephan, after being accused of doing nothing to help their sick son Ezekiel.

According to the police investigation, Ezekiel had been sick for a couple of weeks, but his parents waited until he stopped breathing to call an ambulance.

The parents, who own and operate a nutritional supplements company called Truehope Nutritional Support Inc., fed the boy supplements with a dropper instead of taking him to a doctor.

When Ezekiel passed out, the parents called an ambulance and he was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Calgary. After five days, Ezekiel died.

Doctors determined that the child died of meningitis. The parents told investigators that they tried to help their sick son by boosting his immune system.

The couple gave the boy several home remedies, such as water with maple syrup, juice, frozen berries and a mixture of apple cider vinegar, horseradish root, onion, garlic and ginger root as his condition deteriorated.

The couple explained to the police that they preferred natural remedies because of their negative experiences with the medical system.