Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Photos of Gaunt Teen Released at Calgary Murder Trial of Parents

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Photos of Gaunt Teen Released at Calgary Murder Trial of Parents

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Photos released at parents' murder trial

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CALGARY - Photos of a gaunt, frail-looking teen taken at his 15th birthday party -- just months before he died -- have been released to the media at the trial of the boy's parents, who are charged with first-degree murder.

The trial has been told that Alexandru Radita weighed less than 37 pounds when he died in May 2013.

His parents, Emil Radita, 59, and Rodica Radita, 53, were arrested and charged 10 months later.

An autopsy determined that the teen died from complications due to untreated diabetes and starvation.

Court has been told Alexandru was covered in sores and was wearing a diaper at the time of his death.

Pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Daniele Pacaud took the witness stand for the second day on Thursday, saying the boy's death was "premature and preventable."

The doctor testified that the memory on two electronic diabetic test meters found in the home showed they were only used about once a month, adding that diabetics normally use the metres about four times a day. …

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