Alberta father jailed for three months after not tending to son’s broken leg

LETHBRIDGE — A young father in southern Alberta who failed to immediately get help for his infant son’s broken leg has been sentenced to three months in jail.

LETHBRIDGE — A young father in southern Alberta who failed to immediately get help for his infant son’s broken leg has been sentenced to three months in jail.

The 21-year-old Lethbridge resident pleaded guilty in February to one count of failing to provide the necessities of life.

A ban has been placed on the publication of his name to protect the identity of the child, who has been adopted by family members in Ontario.

Court heard in August 2008, the baby’s mother took the child to the doctor who discovered that his right femur was broken.

The Crown prosecutor says it was “the ultimate breach of trust” because the father was aware of the injury, failed to provide immediate medical attention and deliberately concealed the break from the child’s mother for several days.

The man will serve his sentence on weekends and also faces two years of probation.

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