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Father convicted in son's death scrubbed from Calgary wellness expo

David Stephan and his wife were both found guilty in 2016 of failing to provide the necessaries of life to their son, Ezekiel.

David Stephan's son was treated with hot peppers, ginger root and horseradish for meningitis

David Stephan was found guilty of failing to provide the necessities of life to his toddler son, Ezekiel, who died in 2012. (Canadian Press/Facebook)

The organizers of a holistic expo in Calgary have scrubbed a presentation by an Alberta man who was convicted in the death of his toddler.

The Body Soul and Spirit Expo has announced it's removed David Stephan from participating in the event at the end of the month and is now reviewing its exhibitor application process.

Stephan and his wife were both found guilty in 2016 of failing to provide the necessaries of life to their son, Ezekiel. He died in 2012 from bacterial meningitis after he was treated with homemade smoothies of hot peppers, ginger root, horseradish and onion, instead of being taken to a doctor.

David and Collet Stephan were found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life to 19-month-old Ezekiel. They treated him with hot peppers, garlic, onions and horseradish before he died of bacterial meningitis. (Facebook)

The event was to be held at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino, which says the Expo issued the statement after it expressed its concerns to the organizers.

In February, another organization, Health and Wellness Expos of Canada, also removed Stephan from its Western Canada speakers list after sponsors and vendors pulled out in protest.


With files from CBC News

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