Grandparents to serve 20 years for starving 5-year-old to death

It will be at least 20 years before a Toronto couple convicted of starving their grandson to death will get out of prison, after they were sentenced Friday.

A Toronto couple who starved their young grandson to death will serveat least 20 years in prison, an Ontario judge ruled Friday.

Norman Kidman and Elva Bottineau received automatic life sentences for their second-degreemurder convictions in the death of Jeffrey Baldwin.

On Friday, Superior Court Justice David Watt ordered Bottineau,54,to spend 22 years in prison before she becomes eligible to apply for parole.

Watt ordered Kidman, 54, to serve at least 20 years behind bars.

Kidman and Bottineau were convicted in April in the death of five-year-old Jeffrey, who weighed just 21 pounds when he succumbed to septic shock from malnutrition and bacterial pneumonia in November 2002.

Their trial heard they had kept Jeffreylocked in abedroom, where he lived in his own feces, and left him todrink from atoilet.

Bottineau and Kidman were chosen by the Catholic Children's Aid Society to look after Jeffrey and his siblings because the children'sbirth parents were considered abusive.

Instead, court was told, the pair used the children as a source of income, collecting government support cheques while offering the barest comfort.

Watt described Bottineau as "morally bankrupt."

He added that the "inhumanity revealed here has shocked the community. They must pay a very steep price."