Friday, February 24, 2017

Raditas guilty of 1st-degree murder of teen son who weighed 37 lbs. at death

The parents of a 15-year-old boy who died from starvation and neglect have been found guilty of first-degree murder by a Calgary judge. Alberta Court of Queen's Bench Justice Karen Horner said she arrived at her decision based on the planning and deliberation involved in Alex Radita's death.

Alex was kept in "purposeful isolation" Horner said in delivering her ruling. After a brief recess, she sentenced both parents to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 25 years. Neither chose to say anything to the court.

Rodica Radita and Emil Marian Radita
After returning from church to find their son not breathing, the parents of Calgary teenager Alexandru Radita prayed for two hours before calling emergency services, court heard Wednesday.

It was possible the boy wasn’t breathing even before the couple went to church. The mother said Alexandru was breathing at 6 p.m. that day, but his father said he wasn’t. Emil, 59, and Rodica, 53, are each charged with first-degree murder in the May 7, 2013, death of their 15-year-old son.

Alexandru Radita
Alexandru Radita was so emaciated when he died, the first paramedic to find his body wasn’t sure what she was looking at. Deborah Baumback said Radita was so thin he was almost unrecognizable as a human being.

Emergency personnel arrived at the home to find a group of 15 to 20 people in the living room chanting and praying. In her opening address, Crown prosecutor Susan Pepper said she intends to show the Raditas planned and deliberated their son’s killing by neglecting him for years. Alexandru Radita weighed a mere 37 pounds at the time of his death. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in December 2000, when he was three years old.
An autopsy determined he died from a bacterial infection, which he contracted due to complications from neglect and starvation from Type 1 diabetes.