Starved boy's dad felt powerless to help
TORONTO - The father a Toronto boy who starved to death in the care of his grandparents continues his testimony today at the inquest into his son's death.
Richard Baldwin testified yesterday that he knew something was terribly wrong the last time he saw his frail five-year-old son.
But Baldwin says he felt powerless to ask for help from a system that had branded the grandparents who would eventually starve the boy to death as model caregivers.
Jeffrey Baldwin was months away from death, his tiny body wasting away, when Richard Baldwin hugged his emaciated son for what would be the last time.
Elva Bottineau and Norman Kidman were granted custody of Jeffrey and his three siblings first by children's aid societies then permanently by the courts.
It was only after Jeffrey's death that the Catholic Children's Aid Society discovered that both Bottineau and Kidman had been convicted of abusing her children from a previous relationship.
Richard Baldwin said he was aware of some of the abuse and neglect his son was enduring at the hands of his grandparents.
But Bottineau and Kidman had legal custody of the children, and Baldwin said it didn't even occur to him to ask for help from the authorities that had taken his children away.
Bottineau and Kidman are serving life sentences for second-degree murder.