December 20, 1997 - November 30,
In Toronto, Canada on November 30, 2002
went into the home of Elva Bottineau and Norman Kidman. What they were
about to see was shocking. Elva Bottineau answered her door to let the
emergency workers inside her home, she brought them to her kitchen and
that is where they found the lifeless, emaciated body of a child name
Baldwin. The emergency workers tried to revive him, but, Jeffrey was
dead at the age of five years old.
Shortly before he would turn six
years old, Jeffrey
Baldwin died of shock and bacterial pneumonia which was brought on by
severe state of malnutrition as well as sleeping in his own bodily
He weighed only 21 pounds, was skin and bone and was covered in sores
bruises. The marks on his body showed that he had been beaten with
and spoons. Confined to an unheated room at night, he was not even
to use a bathroom. He was forced to eat off of the floor, when he was
There is suspicion that this treatment of
Jeffrey had been going on for about a
year and that
the other children in the home had been living the same way. None of
other adults living in the home did anything to help the children.
Jeffrey Baldwin live in an home with
and several other children. Jeffrey had been taken away from his own
for suspected abuse and with the support of the Catholic Children's Aid
Society, he had been placed with his grandparents, as had three other
What came to light after Jeffrey's death would shock many people.
The Catholic Children's Aid Society
had been involved
with Elva since 1969 when she gave birth to her first child. Over a
of more than five decades, at least three child welfare agencies in
were involved with the Bottineau family. Elva was diagnosed twice as a
borderline mental defective and was said to have been very mean. Elva
at least twice from major depression episodes. Elva had been a teenage
mother and was convicted in the death of her first daughter who had
at the age of only five months with injuries that suggested Battered
Syndrome. She plead guilty to the charges brought against her and was
a suspended sentence with one year of probation. Her other two
a boy and a girl, were taken away from her.
In 1975, Elva began living with
Norman Kidman. By
1975, the couple had three daughters and the two children that had been
taken away from Elva had been returned to her and were also living in
home. in 1979, the Catholic Children's Aide Society removed the
from the home due to Norman's physical assault on them. Norman was
of 2 counts of assault, causing bodily harm and was given a fine of
on each count. He was given a suspended sentence and two years of
A note that one social worker wrote
“Ms. Bottineau was operating as
a Society funded
daycare provider and her worker at the time had
no concerns regarding this family.”
This note was made even though just a
short six year
prior to the notation, Norman Kidman had pleaded guilty to assaulting
All of this information was written in the files at the Catholic
Aid Society, yet NONE of it prevented this couple from gaining
custody of more children and being used as a day care for children
that were not their grandchildren. One
the files could have and should have save the life of Jeffrey Baldwin
would have been what was needed to prevent ANY children from
placed in the home of child abusers.
After Jeffrey's death, the Catholic
Society took the remaining children and placed them in fosters homes.
they were allowed to even be involved in where the children went, is a
mystery to me. They failed Jeffrey and as far as I am concerned, they
had NO right to deal with ANY of the other
In court, Jeffrey's sister testified
through a video
taped statement. She talked about how the children were locked in their
rooms at night and had to use the rooms as a bathroom and in the
they would be forced to help their grandmother clean up after them.
Kimberly O'Toole was told by Jeffrey's sister if they didn't clean up
enough, Elva would hit them with a mop handle. She stated that at
they were in their cribs when she would hit them. When she was asked
they would do when that happened she said they would cry.
The child talked about how bad things
to them at any time. They were forced to dig through the trash to get
scraps from meals that several adults had eaten and they were forced to
get drinking water from the toilet. The children were called pigs and
at times told to stand in the pig corner.
Susan Dimitriadis, Jeffrey's other
banned from ever seeing him. When she saw the video tape she was
"I didn't realize how bad it
was for them,"
On the tape, Jeffrey's sister talked
about how he
had been very weak and was unable to stand up, on the night of his
At the time of his death, Baldwin was
too weak to
stand up. On the videotape his sister told what happened.
"The first time he came down
the stairs my
grandma placed him at the table and he fell down.
And my grandpa started yelling at
and my grandma thought he was just being lazy,
but my grandpa said the kid
doesn't get enough
The grandparents brought Jeffrey some
milk, it wouldn't
be enough to save his life. Jeffrey weighed about 21 pounds when he was
found. A child who is six years old and healthy, weights about 42
Norman Kidman and Elva Kidman were
of second degree murder. Each of them has been sentenced to life in
It's a sad victory because Norman will be eligible for parole in 22
and Elva in 20 and each of them can appeal for a reduced sentence after
only 15 years.
How sad is it that time after time a
child is killed
and the people who are responsible are not REALLY held accountable?
people all deserve to be in prison for life.
"When 5-year-old Jeffrey
Baldwin died from
the brutality and starvation they had inflicted upon
him, his weight was that of a
baby -- his years, according to Ontario Justice
David Watt, "eked out" in the
of a locked room described as a frigid,
urine soaked "dungeon" coated with
of human feces.
What that young boy endured is
to fathom, and no sentence his abusers receive today will ever do him
Elva Bottineau and Norman
Kidman are simply
a waste of air, and no mercy should be given.
An eternity in hell, in fact,
would be too
Catholic Children's Aid Society has
since admitted they
that they made mistakes when handling this case. They have changed
screening policy for allowing family adoptions. That's mighty nice of
Mark Bonokoski - Toronto Sun
The grandmother who was banned from
Susan Dimitriadis holds up a t-shirt in Jeffrey's honor.
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