Newspaper article The Canadian Press

"It Hurts So Much" Trial Hears Interview of Woman Charged in Son's Death

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

"It Hurts So Much" Trial Hears Interview of Woman Charged in Son's Death

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Friends of woman on trial in son's death testify


CALGARY - A Calgary woman wept through much of her initial interview with police before she was charged in the death of her seven-year-old son.

Tamara Lovett, 47, is on trial charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life and with criminal negligence causing death.

Ryan Alexander Lovett died in March 2013 after getting a strep infection that kept him bedridden for 10 days. The trial has heard the seven-year-old was treated with dandelion tea and oil of oregano.

He died from massive organ failure.

"Oh God. My poor little boy," Lovett said in an interview with police hours after he died at Alberta Children's Hospital.

"It's just flashing back. Why is this going on?" she asked in the interview played in court Thursday.

"I'm a failure. You do everything you can for your kids."

Much of the interview was unintelligible as she choked back the tears.

Lovett told the officer that her son had flu symptoms that worsened a couple of days before his death. He was complaining of pain in his legs, his skin became jaundiced, his urine was dark and he was having trouble standing.

She said he complained of stomach pains and she helped him into the bathroom.

"I put him back to bed and that's when I noticed his speech was starting to slur and I said, 'We're taking you to the hospital.'"

Lovett said as she was getting him dressed he collapsed and she called 911. He died later that morning in hospital of sepsis.

She said she wished she had put him in the car and taken him to hospital herself instead of waiting for paramedics to arrive.

"I know it's nobody's fault but it's just so unfortunate."

Lovett was described by her friends in court as a nurturing mother who gave up everything to take care of him.

"When I saw Ryan, he looked more angry and depressed. Personally, I actually thought he was faking it," said Lovett's friend Frank Keller, who was also the manager of the building she and Ryan lived in.

"This kid was going into a clingy-like panic attack. …

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