Inquest to hear from children's aid workers
TORONTO - A coroner's inquest into the starvation death of a five-year-old Toronto boy enters its second day today with testimony expected from children's aid workers and a pathologist.
The inquest into Jeffrey Baldwin's death began Monday with testimony from first responders on the scene on Nov. 30, 2002, when Jeffrey died.
They were shocked by his emaciated condition, saying he looked like a starving child from the Third World.
Jeffrey's grandmother, Elva Bottineau, had placed the 911 call that morning, but the emergency crews say she seemed more annoyed than alarmed.
Jeffrey's grandparents were granted custody of the boy and his three siblings despite having previous child abuse convictions and they were later convicted of second-degree murder.
Jeffrey weighed 21 pounds â€” about the same as he did on his first birthday â€” when he died of bacterial bronchopneumonia as a complication of chronic starvation.