Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Social worker warned Kematch about lock outside Phoenix's door
A social worker got inside Phoenix Sinclair's apartment block to talk to the child's mother about abuse allegations but then left without ever seeing the little girl, the inquiry into her death heard today.
Crisis response unit worker Christopher Zalevich told the inquiry that he went to their inner-city home on March 9, 2005 after a caller reported that Phoenix's mother Samantha Kematch may have been abusing the four-year-old and locking her in a bedroom.
Phoenix was murdered later that year by her mother and stepfather. Her death wasn't discovered until 2006. An inquiry was ordered by the province in 2011 to find out how and why Phoenix slipped through Manitoba's child-welfare safety net.
Zalevich testified this morning that he and a co-worker got into the locked apartment building when someone else had opened the door.
Kematch answered her door with "a shy demeanour" but wouldnt let them inside. He told her about the abuse allegation and that she'd reportedly been locking Phoenix in the bedroom.
She said she'd yelled at Phoenix and supposed that's why someone called child welfare authorities. She admitted there was a lock on the outside of the bedroom door.
Zalevich said he cautioned her that it wasn't a safe thing to do.
He said she was holding Phoenix's infant half-sister who seemed clean, healthy, happy and well-cared for. He did not see Phoenix, but went back to the office and recommended that the file be closed.
His 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)10:26 AM 0
Manitobans unwrapped some more warm weather this Christmas morning.
It’s currently -4 C and mostly cloudy with a 30 per cent ...
Photo Store Gallery
- Man, 45, missing since Monday
- Break-in on top of her grieving
- RCMP charge more than dozen impaired drivers
- Other alleged victims for therapist charged with assault
- Guests welcomed with open arms at Christmas Feast in the West End
- Santa, sleigh on course: NORAD
- No charges laid in fatal collision
- For some First Nations people, like Tina Fontaine’s family, grieving is part of the yuletide season
- 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
- Remains may be decade old
- Oswald officially enters NDP leadership race; promises an "alternative vision"
- Break-in on top of her grieving
- Infant remains in locker may be decade old: Brodsky
- Police seek driver after pickup truck hits pedestrian
- No charges laid against man who killed teen mugger
- Woman killed in fatal collision near Steinbach
- 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