Ontario's chief coroner said Friday that he planned to hold an inquest into the death of Jeffrey Baldwin, a five-year-old who died while in the care of his grandparents almost a decade ago.


The Ontario ooroner has called an inquest into the death of Jeffrey Baldwin, 5. (CBC)

Baldwin died of starvation and neglect on Nov. 30, 2002, in Toronto. Elva Bottineau and Norman Kidman were convicted of second-degree murder in 2006.

A judge denied their appeal earlier this month, ruling they must spend at least 20 years behind bars.

Dr. Andrew McCallum, the chief coroner for Ontario, said in a release that the inquest could proceed as "all court proceedings in the case have been completed."

McCallum said the jury would hear evidence regarding the circumstances of the young boy's death and may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.

No details regarding the date, location or presiding coroner were released.

'Morally bankrupt'

Kidman and Bottineau were convicted in April 2006 in the death of Jeffrey, who weighed just 21 pounds when he succumbed to septic shock from malnutrition and bacterial pneumonia in 2002.

Their trial heard they had kept Jeffrey locked in a bedroom, where he lived in his own feces, and left him to drink from a toilet.


Norman Kidman and his wife, Elva Bottineau, were sentenced to life in the starvation death of Jeffrey Baldwin. (CBC)

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

In sentencing, Superior Court Justice David Watt described Bottineau as "morally bankrupt."

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