Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
CFS didn't know Sinclair often left with unchecked caregivers
Phoenix Sinclair might have been brought into care as a toddler had Winnipeg Child and Family Services known that she wasn't spending most of her time with her father but with unchecked caregivers.
"She probably would have been brought into care if we'd known that at the time," CFS supervisor Lorna Hanson this morning told the inquiry into the death of the little girl in care.
The agency didn't know because the social worker assigned to the case had little contact with the family and made no attempts to contact the list of caregivers they relied on -- whose names, addresses and phone numbers were on file, the inquiry heard.
Hanson was the CFS supervisor in charge of Delore Chief-Abigosis, the social worker who had the file on Phoenix from November 2000 until she resigned in late July 2001. During that time, she visited the family twice -- once on Feb. 5 and again on July 6.
In the meantime, Phoenix's parents Samantha Kematch and Steve Sinclair had a second baby, Kematch left Sinclair and the children, police had been called to the home about domestic violence and concerns had been raised about Sinclair's drinking. On July 15, 2001, baby Echo died of an acute respiratory infection and the agency was informed that Sinclair's sister was watching 15-month-old Phoenix.
Hanson testified she returned from materinity leave to her job as a CFS as a supervisor on June 1 2001. She has no recollection of the case but said she expected social workers were doing their jobs and maintaining contact with clients and making sure children were in a safe place.
When asked if there was any indication that Chief-Abigosis had done that, she said no. Her testimony continues this afternoon.
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.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
(1 of 50 articles for this week)12/24/2014 1:41 PM 0
Photo Store Gallery
- Break-in on top of her grieving
- RCMP charge more than dozen impaired drivers
- No charges laid in fatal collision
- Other alleged victims for therapist charged with assault
- Man, 45, missing since Monday
- For some First Nations people, like Tina Fontaine’s family, grieving is part of the yuletide season
- Guests welcomed with open arms at Christmas Feast in the West End
- Santa, sleigh on course: NORAD
- Chance of snow today, Thursday
- RCMP officer faces drug and weapons charges
- MTS says services have been restored
- Winnipeg trucker dies in semi-truck collision
- New Transcona Boulevard offically opens today
- Nepinak wants Kelvin teacher fired
- Remains may be decade old
- Oswald officially enters NDP leadership race; promises an "alternative vision"
- Infant remains in locker may be decade old: Brodsky
- Break-in on top of her grieving
- Police seek driver after pickup truck hits pedestrian
- No charges laid against man who killed teen mugger
- Slain man leaves behind nine children
- 'Bannock Lady' faces $3,000 in tickets; vehicle seized
- Trucking firm in mourning after driver killed in crash
- Teacher pulled from classroom
- 'Fun party for two' ends in tragedy
- Photos released of suspects in coat heist
- RCMP investigate allegations of doctored invoices, improper payment
- Semi driver dies in collision at Lagimodiere, Dugald
- Twelve arrested, including former city council candidate; weapons and drugs
- Keep car windows clear or face fine: police
Ads by Google