Lawyers for the parents of a teenage boy who died of starvation and complications from untreated diabetes are scheduled to give their closing arguments in a Calgary courtroom today.
Emil and Rodica Radita have pleaded not guilty to first-degree-murder in the 2013 death of 15-year-old Alex.
The teen, who was one of eight children, weighed just 37 pounds when he died.
Witnesses have testified the couple refused to accept that their son had diabetes and failed to treat his disease until he was hospitalized near death in 2003.
Alex’s sister took to the stand Tuesday and broke down in tears as a video of his last birthday was shown in court.
“He was a little down, probably because he was not feeling the best,” said the sister, who cannot be identified under a publication ban.
She said the last time she spoke to her brother was the week that he died. He was staying in their parent’s bedroom because “he was kind of sick … just the daily sickness, I guess.”
The young woman also acknowledged her parents did not believe in taking their children to doctors because of their religion.
The trial has also heard from medical officials and social workers who were involved with the Raditas from the time Alex was first diagnosed with diabetes in 2000 up until the family left British Columbia and moved to Alberta.
Social workers apprehended Alexandru after his October 2003 hospital admission and placed him in foster care — where he thrived — for nearly a year before he was returned to his family.
After the family moved to Alberta, testimony has indicated he was enrolled in an online school program for one year but never finished. The boy never saw a doctor, although he did have an Alberta health insurance number.