Little did the starved and abused Jeffrey Baldwin know that his horrendous death would turn into a shameful expose of Ontario’s child welfare system and prove that it is totally broken! Little did he know that his rich province and the thriving metropolis of Toronto would essentially leave him to die at the hands of his psychopathic caregivers.
Jeffrey was born in Toronto, Canada in 1997. He was your average child who, we are to believe, was protected by an impressive array of child welfare laws.
The Catholic Children’s Aid Society (CCAS), however, decided in their wisdom that Jeffrey would be better off removed from his birth parents who had “problems” and given to his grandparents. The unaccountable CCAS failed to check: the criminal records of the grandparents and their IQ levels. The grandmother’s own lawyer would later comment that, based on her IQ alone, she was not fit to raise a child.
For some reason, the grandparents seemed to dislike little Jeffrey and locked him up in a bedroom without a bathroom. They did not send him to school and left him in urine-soaked clothes while the other children and adult residents of the house had to have been aware of the stench of fecal matter emanating from Jeffrey’s room. Officials would later determine that the young boy probably lived in these filthy conditions for possibly two years. Not to be underestimated, of course, is the fact that at the same time this young boy was starved by his incompetent grandparents.
In November 2002 the five-year old Jeffrey was nearing his sixth birthday and weighing in at two pounds lighter than he weighed at ten months. He would die alone in a mental and physical quagmire. Without question, his grandparents along with the flagrantly incompetent system were responsible for this entire circus in the heart of Canada’s second largest city and right under the noses of child welfare officials.
The following bizarre facts regarding Jeffrey’s case will make us think twice about funding such agencies and organizations that did not do their work and actually allowed and were parties to the death of this young boy:
- Jeffrey had initially attended school but suddenly stopped. TDSB, however, did not follow up on his absenteeism and thus the boy fell through the cracks.
- It should be noted here that Jeffrey’s sister actually attended a TDSB school. Her scrawny abused body was again overlooked by TDSB’s teachers.
- The CCAS did not visit Jeffrey’s squalid home around Greenwood Avenue in Eastern Toronto but rather kept their distance.
Reform Desperately Needed:
- Child welfare workers should be visibly seen as persons of authority and power, similar to the police, animal services and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA); ie they should wear uniforms rather than the street clothes worn by today’s CAS and CCAS.
- These OSPCA animal agents are described in their own Act (OSPCA Act) as “officers.” In contrast, the Children’s Aid Society authorities are called “workers”and not officers.
- OSPCA agents can attend a home or farm if they feel livestock or pets are in any form of distress.
- Without the assistance of the Court or a Justice of the Peace, they can write up their own Compliance Orders giving the resident a deadline to correct the perceived abuse of the animal. If this deadline is not met, the OSPCA seizes the animal outright! The CAS or CCAS has no authority to write up their own Orders!
- OSPCA agents do not require police assistance in seizing animals while CAS agents do require such assistance when saving children!
- I truly believe it is more difficult to adopt an animal from the SPCA than it is to adopt a child from the CAS or become a foster parent through the pathetic children’s aid societies of Ontario.
- I am still trying to determine if the OSPCA has direct access to CPIC (Canadian Police Information Centre’s data base). This outlines the criminal charges laid against any Canadian. How shameful if those supposedly fighting for our children have less access to CPIC and Canadians’ criminal records than those fighting for animals.
I personally respect the lives of the living, whether it be an animal or a child. The ideal solution is that both agencies be permitted to wear uniforms, be referred to as “officers” and have the power to write up Orders. If both of these groups cannot have such powers, the province must get its priorities straight and give such authority to those fighting for children and not animals !!
The Jeffrey Baldwin tragedy is the shameful result of institutional apathy and stupidity . The above facts confirm that those in place to protect our children have fewer powers than those in place to protect pets and livestock.