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January 16, 2010 permalink
An Ontario ministry has announced an inquest into the death of an unnamed
child who died on December 15, 2005. That is the day Matthew Reid died.
Previous stores on Reid are:
in 2005: Dec 18, Dec 19, Dec 26.
in 2007: Jan 23, Jan 25, Jun 28, Aug 29, Oct 23.
Of the 90 (or only 54) children who die in CAS care annually, this is the only one in five years to come to an inquest. Ordinarily, children's aid suppresses unfavorable stories with threats of litigation. Through circumstances unknown, it looks like the Welland Tribune managed to get this story into print before CAS could intervene.
Experience with other inquests before 2005 allows a forecast of the results. The jury will return a set of recommendations written by social services, all proposing more money and power for children's aid.
Inquest into the death of a child announced
TORONTO, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - Dr. Bonita Porter, Deputy Chief Coroner for Inquests, today announced that an inquest will be held into the death of a child.
The three-year-old child died on December 15, 2005, at the Welland General Hospital while in foster care.
The inquest will examine the events surrounding the child's death and the jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.
The inquest is expected to last three weeks and will hear from approximately 30 witnesses.
The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, February 1, 2010, at the Quality Hotel Parkway Conference Centre, Concord Ballroom, 327 Ontario Street, St. Catharines. Dr. James Edwards will preside as inquest coroner and Mr. Eric Siebenmorgen will be counsel to the coroner.
For further information: Dr. Bonita Porter, Deputy Chief Coroner for Inquests, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, (416) 314-4000
Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Source: Canada News Wire