David Stephan, 32, and Collet Stephan, 36, were charged in the death of their son, 19-month-old son Ezekiel, who hospitals claim died of meningitis. The criminal code, “failing to provide the necessaries of life,” was used as the conviction. The Stephans were sent home until their sentencing takes place on June 13th. The sentence carries up to five years, however, according to CBC.ca, their attorney believes it is highly unlikely they receive anything close to the maximum.
David has been released on bail and in an emotional Facebook post, had this to say to his and his family’s supporters.
I am ever so grateful to be back with my beautiful wife and boys as well as back in contact with such wonderful and supportive friends and family! It is with sad realization that it took me being subjected to a state of deprivation to come to see how much I took the wonderful things of life for granted… especially relationships. With this realization I now have a renewed vigour and gratitude for life that I hope I will continue to nourish throughout the rest of my life.ADVERTISEMENT
Being in jail was an interesting experience to say the least. Even though I had no access to sunlight, the fresh food I am accustomed to, direct human contact and recreational activities… the food was actually better than expected, the officers (guards) were quite nice and the reading material was good. Unfortunately, the individuals that suffered most by my being in jail was first and foremost, my children and then subsequently, Collet.
Having been left to my own thoughts over the past 3 weeks, I had the opportunity to analyze all that has taken place over the past 4.5 years. Having removed myself from the trauma and pain and the need to defend my family against the mass hypocrisy of this all, I have begun to connect the dots as to what took place. I as well had the ability to reinitiate the mourning process of my son Ezekiel once again. A process that I haven’t been able to engage in for over 3 years now. Having an overabundance of time to read and write, I was able to write much of my feelings and respond to the glaring fallacies that have been disseminated over the past 4 months. Writings which I will share over the next week or so.
As for now, I am so full of gratitude and love for the tremendous support that my wife and children have received while I was away. I am grateful for the continued outpouring of love and support that is coming from all over the world in so many different forms. I am grateful that the Love of God still abounds in the hearts of so many. I am grateful for the blessings that our Majestic Creator continues to pour out and surround us with. Regardless of ones circumstances, life is beautiful. When we take the time to observe all that is around us we come to see just how our lives are surrounded with such wonder and amazement.
May the Love of our Father and Jesus Christ (Yeshua) fill our hearts and our homes,