Parents didn't get medical help for boy with diabetes: police

Police expect to lay murder charges against parents of boy who died of diabetes complications

CALGARY – Police in Calgary say they expect to lay murder charges against the parents of a 15-year-old boy who died from diabetes complications.

Investigators say the couple did not provide medical treatment for their son, but do not believe religion was a factor in that decision.

Police allege that the boy was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes several years ago and, when his health declined, he was confined to his room.

He died at a home in Calgary last May.

Police say tests later revealed the teen died of a bacterial infection stemming from neglect and starvation.

Police plan to name the parents later today, when they will likely be charged with first-degree murder.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said police believe religious beliefs were suspected motive.

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