Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Crown Stays Manslaughter Charge against Former Calgary Pastor in Son's Death

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Crown Stays Manslaughter Charge against Former Calgary Pastor in Son's Death

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Charge against former pastor in son's death stayed

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CALGARY - The Alberta Crown has stayed a manslaughter charge against a former pastor who had been accused in his infant son's death.

Cyrus Nel was three months old when he died in a Calgary hospital in August 2015, a day after paramedics responded to a 911 call and found him in medical distress at the family's home.

His father, Daniel Nel, was arrested in May 2017 after a lengthy investigation. A 2 1/2-week trial had been scheduled to begin in March.

Prosecutor Shane Parker declined to provide details about why the charge was stayed.

The Nel family said in a written statement that the Crown had concerns with medical evidence "that may make this prosecution dangerous to continue. …

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