Faith healing parents convicted of first-degree murder in the death of their diabetic teenage son.
Emil Radita, 60, and Rodica Radita, 54, were found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of their 15-year-old son Alexandru (Alex) Radita.
The Christian parents refused to treat their son’s diabetes, choosing prayer over medical treatment, leading to a cruel and lingering death by starvation.
According to reports the teen weighed less than 37 pounds when he died of complications due to untreated diabetes and starvation.
At the trial evidence was presented showing that the parents’ religious beliefs included not going to doctors.
Testimony heard in the murder trial of the extremely religious parents revealed that the parents prayed over the boy instead of taking him to a doctor.
Records show that the parents had the insulin, and knew how to treat their son’s diabetes, but refused to do so.
Presiding over the case, Justice Karen Horner said:
Mr. and Mrs. Radita intended to and did isolate Alex from anyone who could intervene or monitor his insulin treatment aside from themselves.
Alex died as a result of bacterial sepsis brought on by extreme starvation. His physical condition at death was not a sudden or quick occurrence but rather took place over months and possibly, probably years.
The evidence underscores that the Raditas were well aware how ill Alex was and still refused to treat his medical condition with proper insulin protocol and medical care,.
They knew he was dying.
Directly addressing the guilty parents, Justice Horner added:
Your actions in starving your son Alex to death are beyond comprehension. You persisted in arrogant confidence…until he was dead.
Justice Horner sentenced the parents to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
Bottom line: A teen is dead because religious parents refused to treat a treatable illness, choosing prayer over modern medicine, with tragic consequences.