Alberta’s top court has rejected an appeal by a husband and wife who felt their sentences in the death of their 14-month-old son were too harsh.
Jennifer and Jeromie Clark were sentenced in June 2019 to 32 months in prison after a jury found them guilty of criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessaries of life.
The trial heard that their son, John, didn’t see a doctor until the day before the boy died in November 2013.
A forensic pathologist testified the boy was malnourished and died from a staph infection.
Lawyers for the Clarks argued the sentence should have been lower because of a number of mitigating factors that the judge failed to give credit for, but the Appeal Court disagreed.
Both Clarks have already been released on parole.
The Canadian Press