Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Questions continue for Abigosis at Sinclair inquiry

Former social worker faces second day of testimony

  • Print

The social worker who can't account for gaps in service to Phoenix Sinclair was commuting from Brokenhead First Nation to her job at Winnipeg Child and Family Services and attending university full time, the inquiry into the death of the child in care heard this morning.

"I was a very busy person," Delores Chief Abigosis said at the public hearing.

The provincial inquiry is trying to find out if and how the child welfare system failed Phoenix who died in 2005 at the hands of her mother Samantha Kematch and her boyfriend Karl McKay.

Abigosis said she was assigned the case when she started working at CFS in November of 2000. She said her supervisor at CFS knew she was attending classes at the University of Manitoba.

Her first visit with Phoenix and the little girl’s family didn't happen until February 2001, and there was no record of Abigosis doing any work on the file in all of December and January of that year.

Abigosis said she had a demanding caseload, and the troubled young family was no different than any other on her list. She testified she may have tried several times to drop in on the family who had no phone, and failed to make a note of it.

She told the inquiry today she tendered her resignation in July of 2001 partly because the strain of attending school while working full time was taking a toll on her. The other reason was the death of three-month-old Echo Sinclair, Phoenix's baby sister.

Echo was born Apr. 29, 2001 to Kematch and Phoenix's father, Steve Sinclair, although CFS was unaware of the pregnancy. Baby Echo died in July 2001 of an acute respiratory infection. Abigosis said the baby’s death was a traumatic event and she decided to quit working for the agency.

History

Updated on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 2:18 PM CST: adds Cover it Live -- apologies for the delay in adding

2:22 PM: adds photo

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

RMTC preview of Good People

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Bright sunflowers lift their heads toward the south east skies in a  large sunflower field on Hwy 206 and #1 Thursday Standup photo. July 31,  2012 (Ruth Bonneville/Winnipeg Free Press)
  • JOE.BRYKSA@FREEPRESS.MB.CA Local-(Standup photo)- Humming Around- A female ruby -throated hummingbird fly's through the bee bomb  flowers Friday at the Assiniboine Park English Garden- Nectar from flowers are their main source of food. Hummingbirds wings can beat as fast as 75x times second. Better get a glimpse of them soon the birds fly far south for the winter - from Mexico to South America- JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS- Sept 10, 2009

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you support a proposed ban on tanning beds for youth under 18?

View Results

Ads by Google