The father of Ryan Lovett has opened up about the pain he’s endured as the trial continues into his son’s death.
Ryan Lovett died in March 2013 after getting a strep infection that kept him bedridden for 10 days.
His mother treated him with natural remedies, including dandelion tea and oil of oregano.
“This case is being used to bash natural remedies,” Brian Jerome told News Talk 770’s Rob Breakenridge on Tuesday. “I have nothing against natural remedies, as long as you know what you’re doing and what you’re taking.”
47-year-old Tamara Lovett is charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life and with criminal negligence in her son’s death.
On Tuesday, Alberta’s acting chief medical examiner told court an autopsy found the boy’s body full of Group A streptococcus, which had caused most of his major organs to deteriorate.
Dr. Elizabeth Brooks-Lim testified that Ryan’s body appeared normal and there were no signs of abuse.
Jerome said on Tuesday that he had not been contacted in connection with the trial.
“Having said that, they probably don’t know I exist because [Tamara] has never mentioned my name,” he said.
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Jerome said he learned of his son’s death through Tamara’s Facebook account. He admitted to becoming friends with his ex on Facebook through a “fake account”.
“I seen (sic) all these condolences on her feed and I’m like what the hell is this.”
He told Rob Breakenridge that she didn’t want him in Ryan’s life.
“I didn’t really want her in my life and she didn’t really like that too much,” he said. “So, she decided I wasn’t capable of seeing my son anymore.”
Jerome said he was under some financial constraints and moved back to Hamilton, Ont. after his son’s birth, where he started a business. He said he hoped to get back in the black, so he could eventually petition for full custody.
“I would email her, you know, occasionally on Ryan’s birthday, Christmas … hoping she would read the letters to him. I knew she probably wouldn’t, but I tried anyways.”
He said he folded his business and returned to Calgary for the trial, but hasn’t attended out of concern for what he might do.
The trial continues on Wednesday.