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Parents charged with neglect after son taken to hospital weighing less than 50 lbs

Last Updated Jan 15, 2021 at 9:38 am MST

Calgary Police Service's headquarters building in Calgary, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Two Calgary parents have been charged in the neglect of their son dependent on their care.

Last October, a 27-year-old man was found unresponsive by his parents inside his home in Falconridge. He was transported to hospital and admitted in acute medical distress stemming from parental neglect. He weighed only 43 pounds.

“The victim suffered from a medical condition and was completely dependent on his parents for all his basic needs,” said S/Sgt. Vincent Hancott. “It is believed his parents failed to provide him necessary care, progressing to the point where his life was in danger.”

“It was the actions of a frontline healthcare worker that brought this situation to our attention. This is a very serious situation and we commend this individual for recognizing the signs of neglect and contacting police.”

The man is still recovering in a long-term care facility.

On Wednesday, police charged the man’s parents with failing to provide the necessaries of life and negligence causing bodily harm.

“We recognize this is a difficult time for everyone and many people in our city are struggling. However, caregivers remain obligated to ensure the proper care of those who are dependent upon them for their safety and wellbeing. If you’re struggling, please reach out and access available resources,” said Hancott.

The parents are scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 4.