Court case put over for Calgary parents charged with neglect of dependent, adult son

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CALGARY — A mother and a father accused of neglecting their dependent, adult son who weighed just 43 pounds when he was found have been granted another adjournment in a Calgary court.

Jonathon Grunewald, who is 52, and Malinda Phillips, who is 47, were charged in January with failing to provide the necessaries of life and negligence causing bodily harm.

Neither appeared in court today when the judge was told disclosure in the case is "voluminous" and the matter was put over to March 30.

Police have said they began investigating in October, after the parents found the man unresponsive in his bedroom in their home.

He was taken to hospital in acute medical distress, and front-line health workers brought the man's condition to the attention of police.

Police have said the man, who was completely dependent on his parents, is recovering in a long-term care home.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 15, 2021

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