A woman convicted of fatally starving her five-year-old grandson is expected to testify in person today at a coroner's inquest into his death.
Elva Bottineau is currently serving a life sentence at Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ont., with no chance of parole for 22 years for second-degree murder in Jeffrey Baldwin's death.
The coroner's inquest, which has been hearing evidence since September, will shift its location for Bottineau's anticipated two days of testimony to accommodate the security concerns.
Bottineau requested standing about halfway through the inquest and coroner Peter Clark approved it, ruling that standing must be given to anyone with a ``direct and substantial interest'' in an inquest.
The inquest has heard that Bottineau and her partner Norman Kidman severely neglected Jeffrey, who by the end of his short life in 2002 had wasted away to the same weight as on his first birthday and he couldn't lift his own head.
Meanwhile, city of Toronto workers plan today to replace a tree planted in Jeffrey's memory in Greenwood Park that was recently vandalized.