Tamara Lovett, a Calgary mother convicted in her son’s “senseless” death after failing to take the bedridden 7-year-old to a doctor for his treatable strep infection was sentenced to three years in prison today.
Lovett, 48, was found guilty in January of criminal negligence causing the death of her son, Ryan, who died in 2013.
“Our children are vulnerable,” said Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Kristine Eidsvik. “[Lovett’s] actions resulted in the senseless death of an innocent child who needed her protection.”
Eidsvik noted the sentence was also designed to deter other parents from failing their children in the same way. A message prosecutor Jonathan Hak said was made clear.
“If your child is not getting better, you are legally and morally bound to take your child to an actual doctor for actual medical care.”
In 2013, Ryan deteriorated in his mother’s apartment for 10 days and was never taken to a doctor.
On the night of March 2, 2013, Lovett called 911 after finding Ryan on the floor in their apartment. He was dead when paramedics arrived.Lovett testified she believed Ryan had a cold or flu and treated him with holistic remedies such as dandelion tea and oil of oregano.
During sentencing arguments, Lovett spoke through tears about the agony she’s suffered since losing her son. She said she no longer holds the same beliefs and would take her son to a doctor if she could turn back time.
Lovett, who had been on bail until Friday, was escorted into custody by a sheriff after the judge handed down the sentence.