The mystery of what happened at the time and the events which lead to the five-years-old Phoenix Sinclair’s murderer by her mother and his boyfriend is being investigated by a public inquiry. This Wednesday, the inquiry investigated, Kim Edwards, while raising questions on her credibility and involvement with child welfare.
The lawyer of Kim Edwards, Jeff Gindin, reminded the inquiry commissioner Ted Hughes on Wednesday that “Kim Edwards isn’t on trial”. Gindin objected a motion which requested Edwards’ Winnipeg Child and Family Services sealed file from 1988, when she was a 17-year-old mom, to be presented at the inquiry. This action was conducted on the request of Kris Saxberg, the lawyer representing several child-welfare agencies, in view of Edward’s testimony, which clearly contradicted evidence provided last week by her ex-husband, Rohan Stephenson.
Edwards gave her testimony to the inquiry on Wednesday, mentioning that the child’s parent didn’t break up until a year later, whereas Stephenson was the one to move out of the house, and not the Phoenix’s mother. She added that Stephenson, working at TenTen Sinclair Housing in Winnipeg, lived in McMunn, Man., and often stayed with them on Selkirk. Saxberg informed Hughes that “the issue is who was living where and whether the place of safety applicants were telling the truth.” He added that “It goes to (Edwards’) credibility and further than that… it’s going to tell us who was looking after Phoenix when she was residing at the home when she was under the care of CFS.”
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