Parents that knew their diabetic son was starving to death have been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
Alexandru Radita, 15, weighed just 16kg when he died from bacterial sepsis as a result of starvation.
Emil Radita, 59, and Rodica Radita, 53, did not let doctors treat the boy for his diabetes and let him die after suffering extreme starvation.
They delayed ringing 911 for help for two hours choosing to pray instead.
‘Your actions in starving your son Alex to death are beyond comprehension,’ Justice Karen Horner told the killer parents in court, according to the Globe and Mail.
Alexandru had previously been taken by social services only to be taken back by his parents a year later who refused to believe he had diabetes.
‘Mr. and Mrs. Radita intended to and did isolate Alex from anyone who could intervene or monitor his insulin treatment aside from themselves,’ said Horner.
Adding: ‘They knew he was dying.’
The devout Romanian Pentecostal churchgoers, who have seven other children, told friends that their son had died but had been ‘brought back’ by God.
In a call to the emergency services his father said that he had come home from work and found his son ‘not breathing’.
Alexandru died in 2013 but his parents have only been brought to justice now – neither showed any emotion when sentenced.
His declining health was not sudden but took ‘probably years’ the judge said.
The boy’s neglect had been so bad even his teeth had rotted away, according to the Alberta Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jeffery Gofton.
Gofton added that fat and muscles reserves were so low he could not fight the sepsis that eventually killed him, the Calgary Sun said.
Patricia MacDonald, a social worker that tried to stop the boy being returned to his parents, was in court for the verdict.
She told the Globe and Mail: ‘I’m happy with the verdict. I think that it really is justice for Alex. He went through a horrible ending to his life and I’m glad to see his parents being held accountable.’
Alexandru’s former Kindergarten teacher wrote to children’s ministries: ‘He is free of his suffering now and resting in peace.’