Aunt of 5-year-old boy starved to death to testify at coroner's inquest

TORONTO – Two people who lived in the house where five year old Jeffrey Baldwin was starved to death by his grandparents are set to testify today at the Toronto coroner’s inquest into his death.

Jeffrey’s aunt Tammy Kidman and her husband Michael Reitemeir are scheduled to appear at the inquest.

Yesterday the inquest heard from a foster parent who took in the boy’s three surviving siblings.

The woman — who can’t be identified — said she wasn’t told about their traumatic background or that they’d just lost their brother before she took them into her care.

When Jeffrey died of complications of chronic starvation in 2002, he weighed 21 pounds — about the same as he did on his first birthday.

His grandparents — Elva Bottineau and Norman Kidman — were given custody of the boy and his three siblings despite both of them having previous convictions for child abuse.

The two were ultimately convicted of second-degree murder in Jeffrey’s death and forcible confinement for their treatment of his sister.

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