Despite another coroners report on a BC toddler who died in foster care in March 2013, the lawyer representing the child’s mother says they are more frustrated than ever.
Chris Helsinga says the report doesn’t explain why the child with developmental delays didn’t see a doctor for the last eight months of her life, and a scheduled appointment was cancelled.
“Although there does appear to be more information, why was this information not added to the original report and why are there so many inconsistencies and questions left unanswered?”
Lawyer questions why review took so long
Helsinga says the review the ministry is now doing should have been done years ago.
He says the latest report gives more information for the civil suit Isabella’s mom, Sara-Jean, will file against the province.
In a statement, the Coroners’ office says Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe reviewed the investigation and the original coroners report, and noted that while the investigation was thorough and comprehensive, many details from that investigation were not included in the report.
She says there is always a balancing act between public transparency and the need to protect the privacy of those involved.
Lapointe goes on to say given the questions surrounding the toddler’s death, it’s important to include more of the information that had been available to the coroner.