Saturday, February 15, 2014

Inquest hears 103 recommendations to prevent another case like starved, neglected Jeffrey Baldwin

TORONTO — A coroner’s jury is recommending that even after a children’s aid society has closed a case in which a child under five is living with an alternate caregiver, workers should visit the home annually.

The recommendation is one of 103 made by a jury that heard the case of a five-year-old Toronto boy who was placed with his grandparents — people who would so severely neglect him that he starved to death years later.

Jeffrey Baldwin was a healthy baby when he and his siblings were placed in the care of their grandparents, but when he died just shy of his sixth birthday his weight was that of a 10-month-old infant.

Both of Jeffrey’s grandparents had previous convictions for child abuse, but those records weren’t discovered in the Catholic Children’s Aid Society’s own files until after his death in 2002.  (more...)


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