Sunday, November 8, 2015

Katelynn Sampson inquest to begin, will look at Children's Aid Society, TDSB

More than seven years after police found Katelynn Sampson's broken body inside her guardians' Toronto home, a coroner's inquest will open Monday to look at whether the public agencies involved could have done more to protect the seven-year-old.

Katelynn had been living with Donna Irving and Warren Johnson for about a year when she was found in their Parkdale apartment on Aug. 3, 2008, after they called 911 to say she had started to choke and stopped breathing.

In fact, the pair inflicted more than 70 injuries on the little girl over a course of months, according to her autopsy.  She had broken bones, lacerations and internal injuries. It would have painful for her to talk, to swallow and to move.

Irving and Johnson received life sentences for Katelynn's murder in 2012.

There were other agencies involved near the end of Katelynn's life, however, including the Children's Aid Society of Toronto, Native Child and Family Services and the Toronto District School Board — and their lack of intervention drew heavy criticism from the trial judge in 2012, a lawyer for Katelynn's mother told CBC News in a recent interview.  (more...)

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