On August 4, 2017, Wausau, Wisconsin first responders were called to the home of Robert Glazner.
When they arrived, his son, 15-year-old Bryden Glazner, was found dead on the floor.GoFundMe
According to the Wausau Daily Herald, Bryden was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in December 2014, after suffering from diabetic ketoacidosis. The teen had failed to stop vomiting for four days and complained he was thirsty.
Bryden’s parents were divorced and the teen reportedly rotated between living with this mother and father, who shared a house with the boy’s grandmother, Linda Glazner.
Following Bryden’s diagnosis, doctors advised Glazner, 49, that he needed to help his son manage his condition. According to a criminal complaint, Glazner resisted diabetes management education and told nurses only a judge could determine if he needed education.
Nurses advised Glazner he needed to be able to help his son if he ever fell ill and explained that uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious health complications.
Between the time Bryden was diagnosed with diabetes and his death, social workers attempted to inform Glazner about the consequences of not managing diabetes and that the teen could not be expected to manage his own care, reports the Wausau Daily Herald.
Then, according to WSAW, Glazner said his son became ill on August 3, with repeated vomiting. Authorities claimed it was evident the teen was suffering from thirst. Court documents state Bryden’s blood sugars hadn’t been checked since August 2. Investigators claimed Glazner failed to check his son’s blood glucose levels or seek medical attention.
Glazner was arrested on February 13, 2018, and is expected to be charged with second-degree reckless homicide.
The day Bryden passed away, his grandmother reportedly found the teen cold to the touch, reports the Wausau Daily Herald.
Police responded to the call for an unresponsive male, and an autopsy and toxicology performed several weeks after the teen’s death revealed Bryden died from a lack of proper care for his diabetic condition, according to a statement by the Wausau Police Department.
The statement read:
Arrest of Robert Glazner for 2nd Degree Reckless Homicide.
On August 4, 2017 emergency services were called to a residence in the 900 block of Parcher Street in the City of Wausau for an unresponsive 15 year old male identified as Bryden Glazner. It was determined that Glazner was deceased at the residence of his father, Robert Glazner (49). An autopsy and subsequent toxicology testing were conducted which revealed several weeks after his death that Bryden died from a lack of proper care of his diabetic condition.
Over the course of the next several months, assisted by the Marathon County Medical Examiner’s Office, additional investigation into records concerning Bryden’s care was completed. Those records along with other witness statements found probable cause to believe that while Bryden was in the custody of his father Robert, the lack of involvement by Robert in the management of his son’s diabetic condition led to Bryden’s death. Details supporting this conclusion will become available in the criminal complaint filed by the Marathon County District Attorney’s Office.
On February 13, 2018 detectives from the Wausau Police Department traveled to the City of Sheboygan, and with the assistance of the Sheboygan Police Department, took Robert Glazner into custody. Robert Glazner was transported to the Marathon County Jail. It is expected he will make his initial appearance in court on February 14th on the charge of 2nd Degree Reckless Homicide.
In an interview with USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin, Bryden’s mother, Lynn Koshalek, said: “All I can say is that I tried to get help.” She declined to comment further.