LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A friend of an Alberta woman has testified that she advised her to get a medical opinion the day before the woman’s 19-month-old son stopped breathing and later died in hospital.
Terrie Shaw was the first witness called in the trial of David and Collet Stephan.
It’s the second trial for the parents, who were first convicted in 2016 of failing to provide the necessaries of life for their son Ezekiel.
The Supreme Court overturned the convictions last year and ordered a new trial.
Shaw, who is a midwife, told court that Collet Stephan asked her to examine the sleeping toddler in March 2012.
Shaw said she wasn’t alarmed, but told Stephan that her son could have a condition such as meningitis.
“I said perhaps she should take him to the doctor to get a second opinion,” Shaw testified Monday in a Lethbridge, Alta., courtroom.
She said the two researched meningitis online and discussed herbs and alternative therapies.
“There was some discussion about a priesthood blessing,” Shaw said.
Shaw testified that Collet Stephan told her the next day that Ezekiel “was struggling to breathe or he had stopped breathing” and that the couple had called 911.
The Canadian Press