Anti-vaxxers found guilty. Throughout the trial, the defence portrayed the couple as responsible parents who weren't aware of how sick their son actually was, Vice reported. Meanwhile, the prosecutor argued that the couple didn't do enough to make sure their child received the medical care he needed. Several outlets have made note that Ezekiel had already been sick for over 14 days with what his parents thought was “the croup or the flu.”
Anti-vaxxers found guilty. Eventually, Ezekiel stopped breathing which is what prompted the Stephans to call an ambulance. Afterward, Ezekiel was airlifted to a Calgary hospital, where the toddler was on life support for five days before being pronounced brain dead and being taken off. Nevertheless, the parents testified at court that they truly did not understand the severity of his condition.
Anti-vaxxers found guilty. The Canadian Press reported that after a family friend told the couple Ezekiel likely had meningitis, Collette, his mother, researched the disease online and came to the conclusion that what he had was the viral version -- and not the more serious bacterial version. The court heard she then bought an “echinacea mixture” to treat him, Vice reported. But according to the official death report, the toddler had in fact been suffering bacterial meningitis and neurological dysfunction.