Calgary parents accused in starvation death of teen son denied bail

CALGARY- The parents accused in the starvation death of their son were denied bail on Monday.

15-year-old Alex Radita died in May 2013 from starvation and complications relating to Type 1 diabetes.

In February, his parents Emil and Rodica Radita were charged with first-degree murder in his death, and have been behind bars ever since.

“The case itself is difficult and horrific as the judge described it, but that doesn’t mean Mr. Radita is a person who shouldn’t be released,” said defence lawyer Jim Lutz. “In fact, he is eligible if he meets the statutory criteria. In this case, we thought he did.”

The details of the case are disturbing, but due to a publication ban Global News cannot report on the details. However, an investigation found Alex was first diagnosed with diabetes while living in B.C., and at one point was removed from his home by child welfare when it was learned his condition was not being treated.

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When the family moved to Alberta, officials were never advised about the family’s background.

The Raditas are due back in court on Tuesday, when the defence hopes to set a date for a preliminary inquiry.