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cleo On September - 23 - 2011


Elva Bottineau and Norman KidmanCrimes: Murder, Child Abuse, Torture
Previously published in www.pysih.com.

Jeffrey Baldwin accomplished quite a lot after November 30, 2002. Thanks to Jeffrey, his three siblings got a shot at a good and decent life. Thanks to Jeffrey, amendments were made to the Ontario Child and Family Services Act. Thanks to Jeffrey, Toronto’s Catholic Children’s Aid Society requires background checks on all potential caregivers. Yes, Jeffrey Baldwin certainly made an impact in Ontario in particular, Canada in general.

But Jeffrey Baldwin is not remembered for the things he did. Instead he’s remembered for the things he didn’t. He didn’t live to see his sixth birthday. He didn’t survive years of deprivation and starvation, torture and abuse. He didn’t escape alive from the hellhole that was his home and from the hell beasts who were his grandparents. And tragically he didn’t inspire enough pity in the heartless humans who could have easily saved his life.

Little Jeffrey Baldwin was not the first to suffer at the hands of his grandparents, Elva Bottineau and Norman Kidman. In fact, he wasn’t even the first to die at the hands of his grandmother. Back in 1970 she pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm in the death of her 5-month-old daughter, Eva. She was given a suspended sentence with 1 year’s probation. Ouch!

Baby Eva had died of pneumonia, but an autopsy revealed several fractures of the shoulders, elbows and wrists. Bottineau’s remaining son and daughter were made wards of the Crown. A Catholic Children’s Aid Society (CCAS) assessment of Bottineau at the time described her as an “incompetent parent who was a danger to herself and others.” They got that right!

Bottineau left the father of her children (her cousin, BTW), and in 1975 moved in with Kidman. By 1979 they had three daughters, Yvonne, Yvette and Tammy. They also unbelievably had her previous son and daughter living with them. I’d like to know what bureaucrat thought that was a good idea. Anyway, the children were removed in 1979 because Kidman physically assaulted them. He was convicted of 2 counts of assault causing bodily harm, fined a whopping $150 on each count and given a suspended sentence with 2 year’s probation. Oooh, that must’ve hurt.

Daughter Yvonne moved in with Richard Baldwin when she was 16. They went forth and multiplied four times, one of which was Jeffrey who was born in January, 1997.

Yvonne didn’t turn out to be such a great parent herself. Jeffrey and one of his sisters (one year older and unnamed for confidentiality reasons) were removed by CCAS in April, 1998 because Yvonne was seen severely shaking poor Jeffrey Baldwin.

Under a family court order, these two helpless children were sent to live with Grandma Bottineau and Grandpa Kidman. How could this be? Because nobody at CCAS checked the files! You know, the files that mentioned the convictions for child abuse and assault. The files that mentioned the death of baby Eva. The files that mentioned that Bottineau was diagnosed as a borderline mental defective, depressed and just downright mean.

The assumption was made that the grandparents could be relied on to provide a safe, caring environment. After all, Elva Bottineau and Norman Kidman had asked for the children, so they must have cared, right? They really cared mostly about the government checks they’d get monthly.

In actuality, Bottineau never cared for the two children. In her diary, she described them as “bad disgusting pigs who can’t behave themselves”. She expressed real hatred for them, decided they were “bad” and treated them accordingly. She apparently liked their two “good” siblings, another boy and girl, and gained custody of them as well.

The “bad” ones were imprisoned in an unheated bedroom. The “bad” sister testified at court how they were locked in at night and had no choice but to crap and piss on the floor. Every morning they’d be forced to clean it up, but if they didn’t work fast enough, Grandma would hit them with a mop handle. And if they got thirsty, she and Jeffrey Baldwin had to drink water from the toilet. They were called pigs, and were made to stand in the pig corner. And as for food, they were forced to dig through the trash to find scraps from the meals that everyone else in the house had eaten.

Pickings were slim, apparently, because when Jeffrey Baldwin died on November 30, 2002, he weighed 19 pounds – 3 less than he weighed at 18 months. He died of septic shock and bacterial pneumonia brought on by chronic malnutrition and sleeping in his own body waste. He was covered in sores, his stomach was distended like a concentration camp victim, and his ribs stuck out a mile. And his poor little tushy was covered in scabs.

His sister was not much better, although she was alive. The foster mother she was turned over to after Jeffrey’s death said this about her condition. “She was very small. She had sores on her legs and her stomach was quite distended. And under the distension of her stomach there was a line of ulcers and sores that were festering and oozing.”

She reportedly reeked of urine, and had lice and eczema over almost all her body.

At the time of Jeffrey Baldwin’s death, 2 children of another daughter, Tammy Kidman, were also living with the grandparents, making a total of 6 children in the house. In addition to the children, 6 adults, Bottineau, Kidman, daughters Yvette and Tammy, and their boyfriends, were living there. Nobody mentioned Jeffrey or his sister to anyone outside the family.

James Mills, the unemployed boyfriend of Yvette, was called as a witness. He had moved into the house 5 months before Jeffrey died and lived there almost 2 weeks before he actually saw Jeffrey Baldwin. Mills, age 21 at Jeffrey’s death, called Bottineau and Kidman mom and dad and said their household was the only family he had ever known.

Mills says he suggested that Jeffrey be taken to hospital but Bottineau rebuffed this suggestion. He didn’t pursue it. By his own admission, Mills had plenty of opportunities to intervene — when he witnessed Jeffrey Baldwin begging fruitlessly for food and water, for example.

But he didn’t want to meddle for fear of losing his free room and board.

“I’m watching out for my own ass,” Mills said in a videotaped statement to police. “I have a life of my own.”

Too bad Jeffrey can’t say the same thing.

Norman Kidman and Elva Bottineau were convicted of second degree murder, and both have been sentenced to life in prison. Kidman can apply for parole after 22 years, and Bottineau will be eligible after 20.

And there was no penalty for any of the other adults in the house who did nothing at all to rescue little Jeffrey and his sister. No penalty in this life anyway. Here’s hoping they R.I.P. (roast in pieces).

CBC News article
Globe and Mail article

14 Responses

  1. moodymagic says:

    Every time I read or hear about poor Jeffrey it makes me cry. Everyone failed these poor poor children. Kidman and Bottineau need to burn again hell is to good for them.

    • Penny says:

      The reason the kids didnt have anything to eat, is because all those mfing fat
      asses eat it all. They make the devil look like an angel. They have to answer to a much higher source than themselves, oh I forgot these bastards will never see heaven, just hell.

      • Nicola Pemberton says:

        They stiil have to stand before God.

        If I was living in her house and I saw these children treated in this way, I would’ve intervened regardless on whether or not I would’ve lost my room and board or not
        (and I would’ve paid for it) instead of being an freeloading asshole coward!

  2. scrappy says:

    Useless wastes of flesh. Could we please turn them into candles, burn them in a vigil to the countless children who suffered from the misfortune of being related to them and be done with it.

    I cannot begin to imagine the short and horrific life these poor little children had to endure. No joyous giggles, no silly voices or senseless songs about nothing, no oohs and aahs as they discover the Christmas tree with special things just for them under it…how broken does a person have to be torture innocent little children?

  3. bengalpuss29 says:

    Don.t you just love mills statement “Im watching after my own arse” So basically fuck that little boy and girl starve them and neglect them its got fuck all to do with me. And as for those two pieces of dog shit grandparent’s well what can i say? How does this sound, the horrible pair of fucking pieces of human excrement, child neglecting wankers. And the local authority there are just fucking slack. They’d already been prosecuted for neglect and they’d already got a child death on their records, remember the 5 month old baby broken wrist, shoulder and numerous other fracture’s so why place another child with these two maggits. In fact they are more to blame than the evil grandparent’s. Its like sticking a box of unlit matches in a bonfire, you just know they are going to explode. At that local authority resignation’s should be handed in if they can make such a stupid and slack decision. I don’t wanna hear, lessons have been learned, that tragedy should never have happened simple.

    • Lori B says:

      I couldn’t agree more! The people in the house who sat on their fat asses and did nothing to help these poor innocent children theu deserve some jail time too! If nothing give them a child endangerment charge so somethings on their permament record at least! I just watched this story on deadly women it literally made me sick to my stomach! I can’t believe these animals didn’t get the death penalty! I’d like to kill them myself i don’t care they’re not human so it’s not murder to rid the world of 2 demons! They will.soon meet their maker and burn and get punishments beyond what they can imagine while little Jeffrey is finally at peace and in a place where he will never feel anything but happiness and joy for all enternity! Rest in peace now Jeffrey u sweet little angel!

  4. Lichelle says:

    Seriously? Why the hell weren’t the other people in the house found guilty.. In my eyes they practically helped the evil bastards. I’m glad the two monsters got life though. Poor kids.. rip beautiful boy.

  5. Penny says:

    ASSHOLES.

  6. AL.M says:

    I WOUNDER,AND ASK MYSELF..,WHERE IS GOD;WHEN ALL THIS IS HAPPENING??YET,I HAVE TO REMIND MY SELF IT”S NOT GOD….!!!; IT”S PEOPLE!!!! I PRAY LITTLE JEFFREY BE SAFE,HAPPY,AND AT PEACE!! AS FOR ELVA BOTTINEAU AND NORMAN KIDMAN AND ACCOMPLICES MAY THEY GET THIER JUST REWARD!!! I; FOR THE LIFE OF ME; CAN”T THINK OF A HARSH ,AND CRUEL ENOUGH PUNISHMENT TO FIT THEIR HORRIFIC CRIME!!!!(MAY GOD BLESS,AND LOOK OVER JEFFREY,AND ALL HIS CHILDREN:AS FOR ME: THEY”LL BE KEPT IN MY PRAYERS….!!!!

  7. AR says:

    This poor little baby boy. I have been crying for HOURS over this! Sickos! How could you look into the face of an innocent baby or child and mistreat them? I don’t even believe in spanking! He weighed less than a healthy 1 YEAR OLD? It’s disgusting! How are none of the other people guilty?!?! They allowed this to happen? They have possibility of parole? What a judicial system! I hope that the people in prison are taking their food, and making them beg for it like they made those poor babies do. And making them sleep on the cold cement floor, after a good nightly beating! I just don’t know what kind of sicko could do this! They deserve to be locked in “the hole” or one of the rooms with the hole in the floor where the have to go to the bathroom! I wouldn’t even allow them that commodity! And I’m not a hateful person!

  8. Jen says:

    I’m so upset by this story even all these years later. It took 11 years for a fucking inquest.
    Anyone interested in finding the rest of the creeps in that house and making them suffer?

  9. Willz boy says:

    All the adults who witnessed and did nothing should be charged. Including Michael Reitemeier:

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/michael.j.reitemeier?fref=ts

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