(Note from Erin: Thank you so much to David Stephan, VP of Operations at Truehope Canada, for bringing this story to our attention. We cannot imagine what Jeromie and Jennifer Clark are going through right now. Our hearts are breaking for them and we stand with them.)

Also, according to David Stephan, there are a lot of parallels between their case and Jeromie and Jennifer Clark’s case. For more info check out the video below. Also, just an FYI: If you live in Canada or are thinking about moving there it seems the crown “is still pushing to have vaccines established as a ‘necessary of life’, making it an indictable offense if you don’t vaccinate.” Scary.

Yesterday, a Calgary jury found Jennifer and Jeromie Clark “guilty of criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessaries of life for the 2013 death of their 14-month-old son, John.”1 The couple was released on their own recognizance and will return to court on Dec. 14 when a sentencing date will be set for February 2019.

As well as losing their son John, the hospital where the baby died involved the police and the couple had their other 2 children removed from their custody. But it’s not a surprise at all that they moved to convict since jurors were shown pictures of the 14-month-old after he died:

“He had blackened toes and a red rash in a swirling pattern that covered almost three-quarters of his body. It was initially believed the rash was eczema, but Crown witnesses said it was likely to have been due to a nutritional deficiency. Emergency and intensive care doctors testified the boy had an abnormally low heart rate and temperature, a sign he could be in the final stages of an overwhelming infection.”2

In my research, I cannot find any reports of rashes from nutritional deficiencies that look like what the Crown’s witness described. I did, however, find numerous instances of eczema rashes that looked like “swirling patterns.” The eczema could also easily account for the color of his toes. 

The forensic pathologist’s report said that baby John “was malnourished and died from a staph infection less than 24 hours after being admitted to hospital”3  but lawyers for the Clarks’s argued that “doctors at the Alberta Children’s Hospital were to blame because they raised the boy’s sodium and fluid levels too aggressively.”4 They also countered that he was neither malnourished nor septic.

We will update you as more information becomes available.

Sources and References

  1. CBC, October 18, 2018.
  2. CBC, October 18, 2018.
  3. CBC, October 18, 2018.
  4. CBC, October 18, 2018.