Woman wants standing at inquest into death of grandson she's convicted of killing

TORONTO – A woman convicted of killing her grandson says she can provide the inquest into the Toronto boy’s case with valuable information to prevent similar deaths in the future.

Elva Bottineau is applying for standing at the coroner’s inquest into the starvation death of five-year-old Jeffrey Baldwin, who died in her care 11 years ago.

A lawyer presenting her application says Bottineau’s family ties to Jeffrey and her involvement in his death mean she has “relevant evidence” that could help the jury make its recommendations.

But a lawyer for Jeffrey’s surviving siblings says allowing Bottineau to participate would be an abuse of process.

Freya Kristjanson says Bottineau’s role in the boy’s death has been established during her criminal trial and cannot be revisited.

Bottineau and her partner Norman Kidman are serving life sentences for second-degree murder in the case.

Should Bottineau be granted standing, her lawyer said she could attend in person as early as Wednesday, or participate by video link.

Jeffrey was so severely starved at the end of his life that he couldn’t lift his own head.

When he died in November 2002, he was just 21 pounds _ about as much as he weighed on his first birthday.

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