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Court case put over for Calgary parents charged with neglect of adult son who weighed 43 pounds

A Calgary mother and a father accused of neglecting their dependent, adult son — who weighed just 43 pounds — were represented by lawyers at a brief court appearance on Thursday, when the case was put over.

Jonathon Grunewald and Malinda Phillips charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life and neglect

The parents found their 27-year-old son unresponsive in his bedroom and he was taken to hospital in acute medical distress last October. Front-line health worker brought the man's condition to the attention of police. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

A mother and a father accused of neglecting their dependent, adult son who weighed just 43 pounds were represented by lawyers at a brief court appearance in Calgary.

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

Although unusual in everyday parlance, the word "necessaries" — not "necessities" — is the term used by the legal system and falls under section 215 (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Neither appeared in court, and their lawyers asked for an adjournment because they are waiting for disclosure of evidence.

The case was put over to Feb. 23.

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 worker brought the man's condition to the attention of police.

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

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