Tamara Lovett Guilty Of Criminal Negligence In Son's Death

CALGARY — An Alberta judge says a Calgary woman who treated her son with holistic remedies before he died of a strep infection "gambled away'' his life and is guilty of criminal negligence causing death.

Justice Kristine Eidsvik also issued a judicial stay on a second charge against Tamara Lovett of failing to provide the necessaries of life.

Lovett gave her seven-year-old son Ryan dandelion tea and oil of oregano when he developed the infection that kept him bedridden for 10 days in March 2013.

"Ms. Lovett took an obvious and seriously incredible risk with Ryan's health and well-being by taking it on herself to diagnose what remedies would be useful for Ryan without the assistance of more medically qualified help,'' Eidsvik said Monday.

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