The trial began today for a Calgary woman charged in the death of her seven-year-old son.
Ryan Alexander Lovett died in March 2013 after getting a strep infection that kept him bedridden for 10 days. The child had been treated with homeopathic remedies, including dandelion tea and oil of oregano.
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47-year-old Tamara Lovett is charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life and with criminal negligence causing death.
In court Monday, the Crown argued the boy’s death could have been prevented with medical attention.
Prosecutor Jonathan Hak said in his opening arguments that the family lived in squalor and the boy’s birth hadn’t been registered.
Court also heard from an emergency medical technician, who said the child showed no signs of life and was cold to the touch when paramedics arrived.