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Killer grandmother gets standing at Baldwin inquest

A woman convicted in the starvation death of her grandson has won her bid to participate at the inquest into his death.

Elva Bottineau has applied for standing at the coroner’s inquest probing the death of five-year-old Jeffrey Baldwin, who died 11 years ago while in her care.

The ruling in her favour came Wednesday morning and a written explanation of the decision is expected Wednesday afternoon.

A lawyer presenting her application has argued Bottineau — as Jeffrey’s caregiver and relative — has unique insights that could help the jury make its recommendations.

But the request was strongly opposed by lawyers representing the boy’s surviving siblings and the office of Ontario’s advocate for children and youth.

They said allowing her to take part in the proceedings would grant her a soapbox to defend her actions and revisit her conviction.

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

The inquest has heard that both had a history of child abuse, including separate convictions and various dealings with the children’s aid society, something children’s aid workers only discovered after Jeffrey’s death.

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

The Toronto Police Service is set to make its own application for standing Wednesday.