Jeffrey Baldwin statue unveiled in Greenwood Park
Bronze likeness memorializes Toronto boy as Superman, 12 years after his tragic death
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.
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.
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"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."
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