Calgary, AB,

Parents charged in relation to son’s neglect

We have laid charges in relation to a severe case of neglect involving a man dependent on his parents for care.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, the victim, a 27-year-old man, was found unresponsive in his bedroom by his parents in their Falconridge home. He was transported to hospital by EMS where he was admitted in acute medical distress stemming from parental neglect. He weighed only 43 pounds.

“The victim suffered from a medical condition and was completely dependent on his parents for all his basic needs,” said Staff Sergeant Vincent Hancott with the Calgary Police Service Domestic Conflict Unit. “It is believed his parents failed to provide him necessary care, progressing to the point where his life was in danger.

“It was the actions of a frontline healthcare worker that brought this situation to our attention,” continued Staff Sergeant Hancott. “This is a very serious situation and we commend this individual for recognizing the signs of neglect and contacting police.”

The victim is currently recovering in a long-term care facility.

On Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, Jonathon GRUNEWALD, 52, and Malinda PHILLIPS, 47, were charged with one count each of failing to provide the necessaries of life and negligence causing bodily harm. They will next appear in court on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021.

“We recognize this is a difficult time for everyone and many people in our city are struggling. However, caregivers remain obligated to ensure the proper care of those who are dependent upon them for their safety and wellbeing. If you’re struggling, please reach out and access available resources,” noted Staff Sergeant Hancott.

Anyone with information that may aid in this investigation is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service non-emergency number at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477


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Case #20435571/4521