Jeffrey Baldwin was a 5 year old who died in 2002 from starvation and septic shock. Jeffrey’s teenage parents lost custody of him and his three siblings. They were then placed in the care of their maternal grandparents, Elva Bottineau and Norman Kidman. Reports are that two of the children were cared for normally, while Jeffrey and his sister were locked in a dark room for 14 hours a day and forced to live in their own waste. They were deprived of food and were verbally and metal abused. Jeffrey passed away on November 30, 2002.
Last fall the story of Jeffrey Baldwin came back up again with the coroner’s inquest. During which Jeffrey’s father, Richard Baldwin, told the story of Jeffrey’s love for Superman.
“He wanted to fly. He tried jumping off the chair. We had to make him stop. He dressed up [as Superman] for Halloween one year. He was so excited. I have that picture at home hanging on my wall. He was our little man of steel.”
The story touched Todd Boyce’s heart. The father of four raised over $36, 000 to make a statue of Jeffrey in his Superman costume. Back in July DC Entertainment denied permission for the Superman logo to be used on the status, but quickly changed their minds.
“I am grateful to DC for allowing Jeffrey’s statue to display the iconic Superman S-shield. The amount of affection shown for Jeffrey from people around the world has been extremely heartwarming,” Todd Boyce told Heat Vision.
The status will be unveiled in Toronto’s Greenwood Park on October 18th. Along with the status there will be a bench covered in messages from contributors to Jeffrey.