There is no scheduled court session today, Monday, March 1, 2010. I will post the new schedule as soon as it is available.
RECAP OF THURSDAY’S COURT SESSION Part 2 of 2
Yesterday I mentioned that a woman whom I have named KD, the present caregiver for all three Bayne children was in the witness box on Thursday, February 25, 2010.
During her testimony she acknowledged that even with concerted efforts, not everything is perfect in the care home. She mentioned there have often been tears shed by the children as they miss their parents. (I originally wrote that KD mentioned accidents that happened in the home as in any home and that she cited two examples. i.e. The middle boy falling down stairs resulting in a substantial bruise on his forehead and the youngest child slipping from the caregiver’s arms and bumping her head on the bathroom floor. KD has corrected me on this testimony making it clear that there were no injuries. The boy's fall was ON a stair rather than down the stairs, and his bruise was a tiny one while the girl's incident produced no bruise or behavioural response and neither incident required a doctor or a report. )
The Bayne parents had expressed concern about replacement care on one occasion when caregivers went on vacation for three weeks. They learned in court that the caregivers’ twenty three year old son, whom his mother considers competent to look after children but who had not previously cared for young children for any extended time, was the person who substituted for the caregivers. The young adult is a responsible musician as a DJ and as a composer with a band known as `Whiskey Jack`. Readers should note that KD has actually written a comment to this post in which she informs us about her son and the respect that he rightfully deserves in addition to the healthy relationship he has with the children that warranted the decision for him to provide this service. Among the things she says is this. Her son was "interviewed and approved by her social worker in Human Resources. They expressed no concerns about him. He also had two criminal record checks, Canadian and International, Why International? Because he spent his own money to join me on a trip to four countries in Africa so that we could go visit our foster children with World Vision."
As the day concluded Doug Christie asked the witness about an email she had sent to a resource worker concerning the placement request for the children. She had referred in this email to a condition with which the baby was apparently diagnosed, namely Glutaric Aciduria Type III. She said that children with Glutaric Aciduria are often misdiagnosed with shaken baby syndrome. She was wondering if this was ruled out as having an effect on the little girl’s shaken baby diagnosis. Doug Christie asked to see the placement forms and found that it stated `sister was born with a very rare medical condition Glutaric Aciduria type 3. He asked that it be submitted as an exhibit to the court. The witness further commented that later she had received a telephone call from the Ministry expressing that the baby had been tested and the conclusion was that the baby did not have this rare disease. KD said that she herself had never seen the test results. (The parents have also not seen the test results nor did they receive a phone call. It has been expected that they should rely upon this reported phone call rather than the placement form information.)
Bayne sympathizers certainly trust Judge Crabtree is able to discern that all the discrepancies do not point to Bayne unfitness as parents.