Although, in my opinion, an inquest is not very beneficial, I think that we should write to Dr. Jim Cairns and Dr. Barry McLellan urging them to call one immediately following the sentencing of bottineau and kidman.
If nothing else, the investigation may answer a lot of questions we have about why / how the CCAS failed Jeffrey and it would definitely publicly tarnish the organizations name.
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I also found two articles from 2003 that are very interesting. I have highlighted the key points:
CCAS: 'NO ROLE' IN CASE
AGENCY PROMISES 'RIGOUROUS STANCE' ON CAREGIVERS
Monday, March 24, 2003
BY ROB LAMBERTI, TORONTO SUN
The Catholic Childrens Aid Society is taking a "rigourous" stance in checking the backgrounds of aspiring caregivers following the death of an emaciated five-year-old Toronto boy.
Jeffrey Baldwin weighed just 19 pounds when he was rushed from his Woodfield Rd. home, where he lived with his grandparents, to the Hospital for Sick Children last November. The boy, who was allegedly kept locked in a room, was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, suffering from pneumonia.
The CCAS didn't oppose or approve a custody application for Jeffrey by his grandparents.
The couple are now accused of first-degree murder and forcible confinement. They're to appear in court Wednesday for a bail hearing.
Society spokesman Fernando Saldanha said the society regrets not checking its files, which showed that both grandparents had criminal records involving child abuse. Jeffrey's grandmom was sentenced to a year's probation in 1970 after her daughter died of pneumonia. His step-grandfather was convicted in 1978 for the assaults of two of his wife's children.
"If the records had been properly checked by the workers involved at the time, then the situation would have been very different."
A Toronto Sun story Thursday said the society allowed the children to stay with their grandmother despite the fact the society's own records showed she had a prior conviction of child assault. Saldanha said the society actually played "no role" in the granting of the children to the grandparents.
Saldanha said procedures are "much more rigourous in terms of doing a thorough check of all of the names of individuals coming forward ..."
SOCIETY PROBED IN TOT'S DEATH
CRIMINAL RAPS EYED
Tuesday, March 25, 2003
BY ROB LAMBERTI, TORONTO SUN
Toronto homicide detectives are investigating the Catholic Children's Aid Society and an unspecified number of case workers to determine if there was any criminal negligence in the death of Jeffrey Baldwin.
The emaciated 5-year-old boy weighed 19 pounds when he died last Nov. 30. An autopsy showed Jeffrey died of pneumonia as a result of the debilitating state of his body.
The lad allegedly lived as a virtual prisoner in a room he shared with his 6-year-old sister. Sources described Jeffrey's body as having sunken eyes and cheeks, loose skin about the buttocks, sores on the buttocks and penis, and a distended belly. His legs and arms were described as sticks.
Two other siblings also lived in the Woodfield Rd. home, in the Gerrard St.-Coxwell Ave. area.
Det.-Sgt. Mike Davis wants to know why the agency had never checked the grandparents' files during any of three separate applications the couple made for the children between 1997 and 2000.
The grandparents' files contained records of previous incidents. The grandmother was sentenced to a year probation after tiny fractures were found in the body of her five-month-old child, who died of pneumonia in 1970. The grandfather was convicted in 1978 of beating two of his wife's other children.
Elva Bottineau, 52, and Norman Kidman, 51, are charged with first-degree murder and forcible confinement, and are to appear in court on Wednesday for a bail hearing.
"I'm looking at the agency and its workers with the possibility of criminal wrongdoing, vis a vis, criminal negligence causing the death of Jeffrey Baldwin, and criminal negligence causing bodily harm involving the other children," Davis said.
"They know it," he said, but added he's not certain if the agency realized he planned a criminal investigation rather than just gathering information for a possible inquest.
The agency and its staff are "not responsible" for the death, Davis said. "It's a parallel investigation. It's a different issue."
Jeffrey was awarded to his grandmom and step-granddad along with a sister in 1998.
The agency had neither approved nor opposed the grandparents' private applications for custody of the children, CCAS spokesman Fernando Saldanha said. But he said the society should have had a role in the grandparents' applications. He said the agency concentrated on the childrens' parents and the grandparents were not under scrutiny.
So what happened?? Dt. Davis is now retired, so I don't know how to get a hold of him.
He testified at the trial because he interviewed james mills initially.
I would really like to know what the result of his investigation was, so if anyone knows how he may be contacted, please let me know.