Mom goes to prison after son, 7, dies from strep throat because she didn't take him to the doctor

Aris Folley
AOL.com

A Canadian woman found guilty of her 7-year-old son's death after failing to seek medical treatment for his severe strep infection has been sentenced to prison for three years.

Tamara Lovett, 48, was found guilty back in January of criminal negligence causing the death of her child, Ryan Lovett, Inside Edition reported.

“Ryan suffered terribly from this inaction,” Justice Eidsvik said during the Supreme Court trial in Canada. “He died an excruciating, unnecessary death.”

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Lovett's son had been bedridden for 10 days at their home in Calgary back in 2013. And instead of seeking proper medical help for her son, Lovett reportedly gave Ryan dandelion tea and oregano oil to help treat his severe infection.

According to the report, Ryan had swollen lymph nodes, oozing ears, and jaundiced eyes at the time of his death.

The child also suffered from organ failure. His mother said she thought her son just had the flu or a cold.

Eidsvik said Lovett "gambled away" Ryan's life by not seeking medical help.

The mother also admitted that not providing her son with the proper medical care was wrong, and her grief and suffering were also acknowledged by the court, reports said.

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Lovett's defense lawyer, Alain Hepner, argued her case should be dismissed due to the lengthy amount of time it took for Lovett to be convicted in January despite her initial arrest.

In 2016, Supreme Court of Canada set out a 30-month time frame for superior courts in what has become known as the Jordan decision. However, the high court allowed some flexibility for cases in which charges were laid before its order in July 2016.

It took 38 months to prosecute Lovett's case.

"The parties were clearly operating under the old regime," she said. "In my view, it would not be just to set aside a conviction here and enter a stay."

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