Friday, August 14, 2015

Coroner announces inquest into death of Katelynn Sampson

Seven years after 7-year-old Katelynn Sampson’s battered body was found in a tiny Parkdale apartment — her blood in every room — a date for a coroner’s inquest probing the circumstances of her death has been announced.

About 30 witnesses are expected to testify at the inquest, set to last four weeks starting on Nov. 9. Among the parties with standing at the inquest — meaning they can question witnesses— will be one of Katelynn’s murderers and legal guardians, Donna Irving, who will be represented by a lawyer.

Katelynn was beaten to death by Irving and her partner Warren Johnson, who pleaded guilty in 2012 to second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 15 years.

An autopsy would show that Katelynn, who died on Aug. 3, 2008, had 70 wounds across her body when she succumbed to septic shock. Investigators found a piece of paper on which she had scrawled the same sentence 62 times: “I am A awful girl that’s why know one wants me.”

Critics say her death was a prime example of the gaps that existed and may continue to exist in the province’s child welfare system  (more...)

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