TORONTO – The long-awaited inquest into the starvation death of a five-year-old Toronto boy in his grandparents’ home has been postponed by five months.
Jeffrey Baldwin weighed only nine kilograms and was covered in sores when he died in November 2002 of complications from chronic starvation.
The coroner’s office said the inquest was to begin April 8, but now will start on Sept. 9. It’s expected to last three months.
The jury will examine the events surrounding Baldwin’s death and will make recommendations to prevent similar deaths.
In 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected his Elva Bottineau’s application to appeal her murder conviction in the child’s death. The woman’s common-law partner, Norman Kidman, also lost an appeal bid.
Both were sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 22 and 20 years respectively following their second-degree murder convictions in 2006.