Jeffrey Baldwin statue unveiled in Greenwood Park

Years after his tragic death, young Jeffrey Baldwin is remembered with the unveiling of a memorial statue in a Toronto park.

Bronze likeness memorializes Toronto boy as Superman, 12 years after his tragic death

The life-sized bronze likeness of Jeffrey Baldwin poses heroically in Greenwood Park, dressed as his own favourite hero Superman. (CBC)

Years after his tragic death, young Jeffrey Baldwin was again remembered with the unveiling of a memorial statue Saturday afternoon in Toronto's Greenwood Park. 

The life-sized bronze statue sees Baldwin dressed up as Superman, an image familiar to anyone who followed the inquest into the boy's death. 

Jeffrey Baldwin is shown in a Halloween costume in this undated handout photo released at the inquest into his death. (Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario/Canadian Press)
Baldwin starved to death in 2002, just before his sixth birthday, while under the care of his grandparents. Both are now serving life sentences for second-degree murder. 

During the inquest his father, Richard Baldwin, described the young boy's love of Superman, though the statue was arranged by a complete stranger in Ottawa. 

Todd Boyce started an online campaign last year, raising more than $50,000 for the work by sculptor Ruth Abernathy. 

"I just felt compelled after learning about what happened … how he was hidden away and abused," Boyce told CBC News. "I felt I needed to do something so he'd be remembered." 

Todd Boyce of Ottawa started an online campaign last year, raising more than $50,000 for the Jeffrey Baldwin statue. (CBC)
DC Comics originally said it would not allow the Superman logo to be used on the statue, though the decision was soon reversed

The inquest — aimed at determining what Ontario's child protection system could have done to save Baldwin's life — released 103 recommendations including a call for information sharing among agencies.

Baldwin's grandparents both had previous child abuse convictions — something the Catholic Children's Aid Society wasn't aware of until after Baldwin's death.

With files from Trevor Dunn