Sister broke down in tearsDefence lawyer Andrea Serink called one witness Tuesday — Alexandru's sister — who broke down in tears as a video of his last birthday was shown in court.
Emil Radita and his wife Rodica are charged with first-degree murder in the death of their son. (Photo: Facebook)Alexandru's sister, whose view of her parents was blocked by a screen during her testimony, described her brother as a "vibrant person" and "very artistic, smart." Serink asked if Alexandru was happy. "Most of the time, yeah," she replied. She said the last time she spoke to her brother was the week that he died. He was staying in their parent's bedroom because "he was kind of sick ... just the daily sickness, I guess."
Parents did not believe in doctorsThe young woman also acknowledged her parents did not believe in taking their children to doctors because of their religion. Social workers apprehended Alexandru after his October 2003 hospital admission and placed him in foster care — where he thrived — for nearly a year before he was returned to his family. After the family moved to Alberta, testimony has indicated he was enrolled in an online school program for one year but never finished. The boy never saw a doctor, although he did have an Alberta health insurance number. The Crown's closing argument is expected Thursday. — Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
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