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Are Abuse Shelters good for Children?


This page is dedicated to the memory of baby Jordan Desmond Heikamp, who starved to death in the care of his 19-year-old mother and in full view of shelter workers at the Anduhyaun native women's shelter, even though the responsibility for Jordan's welfare had been assigned to Angie Martin, 43, of Brampton, an employee with the Toronto Metro Catholic Children's Aid Society.

The verdict of the coroner's inquiry? It appears that all of the people entrusted with the life of Jordan Heikamp are held to be blameless.

It appears that the officials feel there is nothing wrong with the Toronto child protection system that can't be fixed by throwing more money at it.

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Photo by Kevin Van Paassen,
National Post

"I have tried through the years to be a good social worker," Angie Martin, Catholic Children's Aid Society worker, told the coroner's court.

Jim Flaherty, MPP - Whitby/Ajax,

Dear Jim,

As expected (and previously stated) the bottom line for the corner's inquest noted below, is a platform only to request more money to reward those who watched the death, by starvation, of a 5 week old baby boy.

The final request comes from Olivia Chow, the significant other of the tarnished-White Ribbon Campaign chairperson Jack Layton.

Indeed let's reward those for (apparent) incompetence and irresponsibility; namely the CAS, a woman's shelter and perhaps the mother.

Also let's not forget the judge who let go free the mother and the CAS without accountability or responsibility. My guess is the CAS worker is still being paid by the taxpayers of Ontario(?) perhaps even promoted.

Without accountability and responsibility, even the current funding is a waste of taxpayers money. Just say NO. No more money until accountability and responsibility are included in their job descriptions and fully enforced.

Yours truly,


March 31, 2001

Boost shelter funds

Heikamp inquest hears councillor's appeal


By SARAH GREEN -- Toronto Sun

Testimony at the Jordan Heikamp inquest ended yesterday with a call for more funding to prevent the babies of homeless mothers from slipping through the social safety net.

"We have far too many young women giving birth on the street," said Toronto city councillor Olivia Chow, the last witness in the 12-week coroner's inquest into the starvation death of five-week-old Jordan. "We need to find them housing."

Chow, the city's children and youth advocate, said half the young women living on the street become pregnant.


The number of kids in shelters -- one-third under age four -- jumped 130%, from 2,700 in 1988 to 6,200 in 1999.

Jordan, who was under the watch of the Catholic Children's Aid Society, slowly starved to death over five weeks while living in a shelter with his mother, Renee, then 19. Jordan weighed just four pounds, two ounces when he died June 23, 1997 -- four ounces less than his birth weight.

Chow, who made nine recommendations to the jury, said the province must pay its full share of shelter costs, which are split 80%-20% with the city.

Chow said the province caps shelter costs at $38 per person per day -- and pays 80% of that -- where the actual cost is $45, leaving the city with a $14-million annual shortfall.

She also called for provincial funding to expand the city's program for homeless pregnant women.


Ted Greenfield

16 Nearctic Court
Whitby, ON L1N 6P7
res: (905) 436-0711

Children need both parents and grandparents!!

Jordan Heikamp's mother did not give birth in the streets, as insinuated by Toronto city councillor Olivia Chow.  Although she was a homeless mother, she gave birth to Jordan in a Toronto hospital, where the nurses promptly identified her as a high risk to Jordan.
Here are links to ten of 49 stories at the web site of the National Post that relate to the death of Jordan Heikamp:
1. Martin's tears come too late
March 27, 2001 Martin's tears come too late Social worker uninformed, passive Christie Blatchford National PostPeter Redman, National Post Catholic Children's Aid Society social worker Angie Martin, with lawyer Glenn Hainey, appeared fatigued yesterday during her fourth day of testimony at the inquest into the ...
2. Social worker felt powerless to order feeding
March 24, 2001 Social worker felt powerless to order feeding Martin admits she should have recognized danger Christie Blatchford National Post TORONTO - Angie Martin, the Catholic Children's Aid Society social worker who presided over the starvation death of Jordan Heikamp, didn't believe she could ...
3. Saint Angie, of the long-suffering sighs
March 23, 2001 Saint Angie, of the long-suffering sighs Christie Blatchford National Post. Kevin Van Paassen, National Post "I have tried through the years to be a good social worker, Angie Martin, Catholic Children's Aid Society worker, told the coroner's court.TORONTO - Oh, how fitting it is that Angie Martin' ...
4. Is this the road to Tarsus? And other burning questions
March 22, 2001 Is this the road to Tarsus? And other burning questions Time to air issues that vex the mind Joe Fiorito, City columnist National PostPeter Redman, National Post And, why at last month's Order of Canada ceremony, did John Ralston Saul leap up to shake the occasional hand?While cleaning off my des ...
5. Baby's legal protector upset. But about what?
March 22, 2001 Baby's legal protector upset. But about what? Social worker takes stand in infant's starvation death Christie Blatchford National PostKevin Van Paassen, National Post Angie Martin, the Catholic Children's Aid Society worker assigned to Jordan Heikamp's file, leaves coroner's court in ...
6. Children's safety all that matters, MD tells inquest
March 21, 2001 Children's safety all that matters, MD tells inquest Jordan Heikamp case: Doctor makes six recommendations in baby's starving death Christie Blatchford National PostCorrection National Post Jordan Heikamp was five weeks old when he died in a Toronto shelter in 1997. Due to an editing error ...
7. It isn't difficult to define child neglect
March 17, 2001 It isn't difficult to define child neglect Christie Blatchford National Post At the coroner's inquest into the 1997 starvation death of baby Jordan Heikamp, where I continue to spend my days and lose precious bits of my remaining sanity, among the nearly 100 exhibits is a "Glossary of ...
8. Starving baby 'didn't look like that'
March 16, 2001 Starving baby 'didn't look like that' Renee Heikamp faces pictures of her dead son on her last day of testimony Christie Blatchford National PostLyle Stafford, National Post Renee Heikamp gave her last day of testimony in the death of her baby son, Jordan, yesterday.TORONTO - Renee Heikamp y ...
9. A mother's last day on the stand
March 16, 2001 A mother's last day on the stand Final testimony reveals a new side of Renee Heikamp Christie Blatchford National PostLyle Stafford, National Post Renee Heikamp had her last day of testimony in the death of her baby son, Jordan, yesterday.Renee Heikamp yesterday ended her stint in the wit ...
10. Baby died in tragic game of pretend
March 15, 2001 Baby died in tragic game of pretend Christie Blatchford National Post. Kevin Van Paassen, National Post Renee Heikamp spent her third day on the witness stand yesterday at the coroner's inquest in Toronto that is examining how her five-week-old son, Jordan, starved to death while being monitored ...

Subject: Re: [EPOC] Shelter protest
    Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 00:46:21 -0400
   From: Reinhold Knauss <cp093@freenet.toronto.on.ca>

Does anyone know the name and age of the young boy that died in a [Toronto] shelter not long ago?

Balance Beam will be picketing the shelter in Goderich on Sat., the 31st 11:00AM.  We are looking for suggestions to be placed on placards as well as any bodies who wish to join us.

Is this something for Court Watch?


August 9, 1997    Caseworker charged in baby's death

   By Jennifer Quinn
   Toronto Star Staff Reporter

A children's aid caseworker has been charged with criminal negligence causing death after 5-week-old Jordan Desmond Heikamp died of starvation in a Toronto shelter.

    Angie Martin, 43, of Brampton, an employee with the Metro Catholic Children's Aid Society, turned herself in to police yesterday afternoon at 14 Division, in Toronto's west end.

   She was released on her own recognizance.

   It's believed to be only the second time a children's aid worker in Ontario has faced charges.

   Jordan's mother, 19-year-old Renee Heikamp, has also been charged with criminal negligence causing death. During a court appearance Thursday afternoon, she was remanded in custody.

   Jordan weighed 4 pounds, 7 ounces when he was born May 18 at Northwestern Hospital (now Humber River Regional Hospital). Medical staff there identified Jordan and his mother as high risk, and alerted the Metro Catholic Children's Aid Society.

   He was released from the hospital when he was 9 days old - under the supervision of the society - and his mother took him to the  Anduhyaun Women's Shelter, where they spent the next 27 days.

   On the morning of June 23, an ambulance was called to the Spadina Rd. shelter. It rushed tiny Jordan - weighing only 3 pounds, 15 ounces - to the Hospital for Sick Children, but he was dead on arrival.

  Police said an autopsy showed Jordan died of "chronic starvation."

   The story of Jordan's short life appeared on the front page of The Star July 12. On July 16, the coroner's office turned its investigation into the baby's death over to Metro police.

   Inside the police station yesterday, Martin cried and hid her face as she was escorted to the washroom by a female officer. She told the officer she was worried reporters camped outside the station's glass front doors would see her as she passed.

  In a statement, the Catholic Children's Aid Society said they were "shocked and saddened" at Jordan's death, and that they "are devastated that one of our colleagues now faces criminal charges."

   In an interview yesterday, Colin Maloney, the society's executive director, called the death "tragic" and said he understood the need for public accountability in the case.

   In 1982, three workers with Brockville children's aid were acquitted of charges they exposed a child under 10 to a dangerous situation.

   Police rarely lay charges against society staff because they must prove the caseworker intended to hurt the child, said Sandy Moshenko, of the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies.

   Maloney could not comment on Martin's caseload, as the Jordan case is before the courts, but he said "all of our workers are busy."

   He said the average Catholic Children's Aid worker carries three or four cases that are - like Jordan's - classified as high risk.

   But because of time spent in court and other administrative functions, some caseworkers can only spend about 30 per cent of their time with clients, Maloney said.

   "They have a very difficult job," he said. "We expect a level of competence and a level to be accountable for, but they've got a very difficult job."

   He said the society would "give (Martin) all the support that's appropriate to the worker," including emotional and legal support.

   Metro police spokesperson Sergeant Marilyn McCann said that under the Criminal Code of Canada, the definition of criminal negligence causing death is defined as "showing wanton or reckless disregard for the lives or safety of others."

   She said Martin and Heikamp will face that charge jointly when they next appear in court Thursday.

   The case comes at a time when the public's attention is squarely focused on the shortfalls of the child welfare system.

   The coroner's office has called seven inquests into the deaths of Ontario children, and two of them - probing the deaths of 3-year-old Kasandra Shepherd and 22-month-old Shanay Johnson - have resulted in juries calling for the complete overhaul of the child-protection system.

   Dr. Jim Cairns, Ontario's deputy chief coroner, said Thursday he cannot comment on Jordan's case, and that any decisions about an inquest into Jordan's death will have to be made after all legal proceedings have concluded.

See also Big Sister Is Watching!

An epidemic of state-sponsored kidnapping feeds a tyrannical system hungry for revenues.  Child Protective Services and Children's Aid Societies systematically and increasingly often rob children from their parents.  Kafkaesque chicaneries that the targeted families find impossible to comply with are the tools used to keep the revenues rolling in.  Many families don't survive the ordeals that they are being subjected to by any given CPS or CAS. 

A fictitious, but nevertheless logical

 No doubt, some men's right's nuts will ask how a poor baby boy is allowed to starve to death in the Anduhyaun Women's Shelter and nobody notices.

Let me answer this.

First, we are not dealing here with a poor boy, but with a future gender terrorist. All men are bad, age makes no difference. A baby girl will never die in a women's shelter, we look out for our own.

Second, women's shelters are for women. Period. We don't care for children. They are messy, noisy and eat our food.

Third, why did none of the people working in this shelter notice any hunger cries? - Shelter professionals are trained to ignore cries from anybody but females. Our highly trained professionals know that the only victims are women. There are no other victims.

Shelter professionals who did hear the hunger cries acted responsibly by ignoring them.   Another dead gender terrorist won't be missed.

It is a travesty of justice to charge women with killing a "boy" Women have always done so. There were never any complaints. It's our right. We give life, we take it away. It's our body - our choice.

Those two police victims must be released and charges withdrawn. Real questions must be asked.

Some man must be jailed for this. This young mother is a rape victim. All mothers are.  [In the US, there are an estimated 520,000 false rape allegations a year — 98.1% of all reported cases.  — Eeva Sodhi, Debunking Domestic Violence Statistics; Rape]

I will not be surprised if men's right's nuts will now attack single motherhood again. They are sadly mistaken. There is nothing wrong with single motherhood. A women needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.

Most likely this young mother was victimized by a deadbeat dad who deserted her, threatened her mother with visitation and never paid any child support.

Only jailing those deadbeats permanently will stop helpless women from getting arrested and further victimized for minor incidents.

"Suzy McDougall,"
- an innocent women victim -

"A future gender terrorist" is what "Suzy McDougall" considers the poor boy to be.  In other words, don't mourn the victim. The only good male is a dead male.  Where did I hear something like that before?  We now and then see responses that are somewhat like those expressed in the fictitious letter.  Charges for violating hate-crime laws are never laid under circumstances like that.

Now imagine that a man would have written anything equally atrocious about the death of a young girl that had been starved to death.  Do you think that he would still be outside of jail?

The originator of the fictitious letter points out that there is a real Suzy McDougall:  

    I wrote this hate letter. ...

    The real Suzy Mc Dougall is a feminist working for the Ontario Government.  Her job is to destroy father-child relationships under the guise of "the children's lawyer"

    Very rarely is the feminist view represented in our discussion groups.  I sometimes try to see things from the feminist side, to even things out  a bit.

    Although in the case of a baby being starved to death in a house full of "caring" mothers it becomes very difficult to defend the feminist view.

    No wonder we never heard again about this case. None of the caring shelter family violence experts responsible for this murder have ever been charged. It's not considered family violence.

    In the last few weeks more boys got killed by their female "caregivers" In the case of a 7 year old being beaten to death the father was blamed for not defending him.

    If the father would have known what went on and defended the boy, he would become part of our next "violence against women survey"

    Of course, dead boys are not counted in such surveys.

    I will write occasionally from the feminist point of view, to point out how ridiculous it is.


Ted Greenfield and the author of the preceding explanation both share a common sentiment, that the health and welfare of children is secondary to the well-being of child welfare workers and of workers involved in the battered women's shelter industry.   On the evidence, they appear to be absolutely right.  The welfare of the workers in the women's shelters industry is first and foremost in the minds of many people.  That's why funding sources are always ready to throw more money at the these workers' cause.  Thereby they receive the increased funding that enables them to cause more problems:

  • Escalating divorce rates,

  • Escalating child apprehension rates and increasing numbers of children in shelters.  The April 2, 2001 edition of The Report newsmagazine, carries a story of a family and its children that are being deliberately destroyed by Alberta Social Services and an Edmonton social worker, Helen Rae:

James, now 16, claims he was introduced to street drugs by his supervisors and eventually abused cocaine,

  • Brent, now 14, was institutionalized and heavily drugged to control his anger management problems,

  • Once a well-adjusted student, Sarah, now 11, was put on four medications and placed in a class for mentally retarded children,

  • Also medicated, Jeremy, now five, was diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder after spending two years in the custody of Social Services,

The father of the children was restricted from contact with the children.   Subsequently James, then 11, was placed in a treatment foster home, where he became sexually involved with a 15-year-old foster sister.  When Helen Rae became involved and told James that his parents no longer wished to see him, James began cutting himself.

Helen Rae had reasons for wanting to keep the parents away from the children.  She was actively facilitating the adoption of the family's fifth child, Daniel, by the daughter of two former colleagues.

  • Sarah, Jeremy and Daniel were apprehended and placed in the home of Rae's colleagues,

  • Jeremy, then three and being shuffled to other foster homes on weekends, was not examined for possible sexual abuse, although, as his mother says, he repeatedly complained of a sore bottom, even singing, "penis in my mouth, penis in my bum," in front of a Child Welfare supervisor and other witnesses,

  • James attempted suicide at 14 after being forbidden to spend Christmas day at home.

When Brent and Sarah returned home their behaviour improved so radically that they were allowed to stay.  James also found his way home, running back to his family so often that the police stopped apprehending him. The three oldest children are still at home and happy. (Full story: A helping hand from the state)

Today the family does not know where Jeremy and Daniel are or if they are together.

Government – A better Parent?

Surely, you would think that these must be isolated exceptions.  If "all men batter" their wives, and mothers are not capable to provide good care for their children all by themselves, the Government can do a better job of providing loving care for our children — well, think again!

When children wind up in the care of the government, nothing much in the way of a good outcome can be expected.

  • Foster children were 10 times more likely to be abused than children in the general public. [1986 and 1990 survey conducted by the National Foster Care Education Project]

  • Children in the "care" of the government are more than 150 times more likely to become incarcerated than other children. [Based on information provided by By Timothy W. Maier in an article HORRORS OF THE NON-HOME, Insight Magazine (date and page not known) posted on the Internet 1997 12 06, and on U.S. population statistics from the Bureau of the Census.]
    [Update 1998 10 18: The U.K. Secretary of Health, Frank Dobson, reports similar calamities in Britain]

  • Escalating numbers of run-away children,

  • Escalating crime rates involving juveniles both as perpetrators and victims.

The escalation of these problem is out of proportion with the population growth rate.  If the pathologies affecting children were a function of population growth — virtually zero in both Canada and the US — then the logical outcome would be a growth rate of zero or even a declining one for the social indicators relating to children's pathologies.  Instead, we have escalating funding of agencies and organizations doing their best to bring about the conditions that lead to the destruction of our families.   Consider the following.

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Source: Heritage Foundation

Although the chart by the Heritage Foundation indicates a problem that is largely not man-made but is caused by the promotion of life styles for women other than the traditional nuclear family, there is one aspect of the data in the chart that urgently needs attention.  In Canada and in the US the statistics relating to crimes against children are being seriously fudged and deliberately misrepresented.

For example, as Dr. Judith A. Reisman reported in a two-part article in the WorldNetDaily News:

The NIBRS [July 2000, U.S. Department of Justice, National Incident-Based Reporting System] admission that 67 percent of all sex assault victims were reported as children 0-17 years old and that 37 percent of these attacks were made on children under 12, largely excluded from FBI "forcible rape" data, undermines any claims of a safer society.

Girl delinquency increased 186 percent from 1987-1996; over 2.7 million children were reportedly criminally attacked in schools in 1997; we have roughly 1 million runaways (more than half enter prostitution) and 550,000 children in foster care, often battered and abused, and a helix of child victims of cyberporn since 1999.

These real world data are not reflected in the FBI numbers.

...all sexual abuse of children under age 12 had been systematically purged by the national data collecting agencies.

Moreover, while 67 percent of all sex abuse victims are children under 18 years of age, with roughly 4 percent of males identified as either bi- or homosexual, this small cadre is largely responsible for NIBRS data finding 64 percent of all forcible sodomy victims to be boys under age 12, most under age 5. Given that, the problems inherent in homosexuals as guides and mentors to youth looms large.

The 348 percent increase in child abuse reports -- using data from the American Human Association and NCANDS, 1990 to today -- confirms the NIBRS boy-abuse data. Previously, the AHA documented a 1,028 percent increase in child sex abuse reports in six years from 1976 to 1982.

See full text of Part I and also full text of Part II

More Shelter Stories

Seizing children:

Throughout history, rampant child apprehensions and state-ownership of children went hand-in-hand with totalitarian regimes and tyrannies.

Antiquity — The apprehension of children – boys – in antiquity

20th Century — Evolution of the Hitler Youth

...in a series of coldly and shrewdly calculated moves, radical extremists usurped the youth movement that was very much splintered along political and religious ideological lines and consolidated it into a unified and rigorously controlled sector of the German population.  The slogan that motivated the Nazi leaders was an adaptation of a slogan attributed to Napoleon "Who controls the youths controls the future!"  (Wer die Jugend hat, hat die Zukunft), although its origins go back to Socrates (whom Plato, in Republic, has offer this advice to philosopher kings: "Take all the children from their parents and rid the city of adults."), and, as the history of Ancient Greece shows with respect to Sparta, even farther back in antiquity.

Modern Times — Big Sister Is Watching

"President Obama is committed to helping states develop seamless, comprehensive, and coordinated 'Zero to Five' systems to improve developmental outcomes and early learning for all children....it will be the goal of this Administration to ensure that every child has access to a complete and competitive education -- from the day they are born to the day they begin a career."

— (Fact Sheet: Expanding the Promise of Education in America, Mar 10, 2009
see also:
Remarks of President Barack Obama –
As Prepared for Delivery Address to Joint Session of Congress, Tuesday, February 24th, 2009)

First they came for the fathers, then for the mothers, and now for both parents in intact families.  In the end all children will be in the care, custody and control of the State.

An epidemic of state-sponsored kidnapping feeds a tyrannical system hungry for revenues.  Child Protective Services and Children's Aid Societies systematically and increasingly often rob children from their parents.  Kafkaesque chicaneries that the targeted families find impossible to comply with are the tools used to keep the revenues rolling in.  Many families don't survive the ordeals that they are being subjected to by any given CPS or CAS. 
(Full Story)

See also:

  • DVStats.org — a search engine, aggregating research that examines the impact and extent of domestic violence upon male victims. (Off-site)

    This search facility equates domestic violence to intimate partner violence between men and women in relationships.  It does not provide information on violence between homosexuals, siblings or violence against family members other than heterosexual partners and spouses, such as infanticide, child abuse or violence against elderly in families.

    The primary purpose of the site is to shift public perceptions of such violence away from political ideology, and instead toward objectively verifiable scientific research.
  • Feminism For Male College Students — A Short Guide to the Truth, by Angry Harry (Off-Site)
  • Video on violent women

2000 10 08 (minor edits -- typos)
2001 02 10 (format changes)
2001 04 01 (extensive changes to make updates in relation to the death of Jordan Heikamp and the havoc caused by Social Services)
2002 03 28 (installed index)
2002 11 08 (added links to Seizing Children)
2003 01 15 (added link to Letter to Ontario Chief Justice)
2003 10 20 (added entry for A free hotel is always full)
2006 03 04 (added link to Feminism for Male College Students)