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Calgary father sentenced to 2 years in prison for neglect of disabled adult son

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS, Oct 5, 2022 1:18 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

A Calgary father has been sentenced to two years in prison for failing to provide the necessaries of life for his severely disabled adult son.

Jonathon Grunewald and Malinda Phillips entered guilty pleas in January.

Court had earlier heard that the now 29-year-old man with severe cerebral palsy, a seizure disorder and brain damage was mostly confined to his bedroom for more than five years.

When he was rushed to hospital in October 2020 in critical condition he weighed only 43 pounds.

Before he was sentenced, Grunewald told the court he takes full responsibility for his "lack of action'' in the care of his son and is truly sorry.

The sentencing for Phillips has been adjourned until a later date because she is dealing with a serious medical issue.

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